The glaze and shimmer of Kandkari work (Kashmiri copperware) when the sun hits your kitchen at just the right angle evokes the emotions of positivity and alacrity. Traan(copper) utensils add a sense of perception, culture and goodness within the walls of your pious kitchen. Traan has always been preferred by people who know the science behind food, health, body and its pulchritude.
Copper being a metal used for cooking, is comparatively lighter than cast-iron and conducts heat 5 times better than cast iron and 20 times better than steel. By changing the flame intensity, you can achieve the desired temperature of the Traan pot and achieve desired results. Its instantaneous heating and cooling is what attracts incredible cooks like you.
Traanware invites one to come cook and serve as well! Handi is a traditional pot-shaped utensil made of clay or metal, which has been used for slow-cooking since time immemorial. A Samovar (Kashmiri: samovar) is a traditional Kashmiri kettle used to brew, boil and serve Kashmiri salted tea(Noon chai) and Kahwa. These Kashmiri samovars are made of copper with engraved or embossed calligraphy motifs. Then, as a mark of respect for the elderly or the special guests, tasht-e-naari commonly known as Surahi can be thought of as a washbasin used to wash hands before meals in every Kashmiri home.
History Of KandKari
Kashmir is famous around the globe for its beyond belief craftsmanship and the greatest roots of art and culture. From the lining of the carpets to the threads of the pashminas to the shimmer of the copperware. Kashmir has given us art in its purest and the most refined form.
The history of copperware (known as kandkari Work) dates back to the 8th century when Saint and an Islamic scholar, Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA), who traveled from Central Asia came all the way to India. He turned out not just a well-versed scholar but also an affable lover of art, especially engraved copperware. He brought craftsmen, experts in this art to flourish some here in the land of India and make it popular among the natives all the way from Central Asia (especially Persia) to not only spread the craft among the people but also train the locals to do the same bewitching magic from their own hands.
However, during the reigns of the great king of Kashmir- Budshah Zain-ul- Abideen, this craft received good support and the ruler became the active catalyst and pioneer to restore the grandeur of the craft. Kashmir has ever since remained beholden and indebted to this craft and competence for bringing novelty to the name of the state.
Why Copper is good for your health?
Copper is an essential trace element present in every tissue of your human body. It also helps your body form red blood cells, maintain a strong immune system, healthy nerves and strong bone structure. Foods such as shellfish, whole grains, dried fruits and dark leafy greens are rich in copper. Unlike some nutritional elements, the body cannot synthesize copper, so you need to get it from dietary sources. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of water stored in a copper vessel can provide your body with the required copper elements which help in improving your immune system in fighting against viruses and bacterias. If you are worried about fine lines in your face or aging in general, then copper is your natural remedy.
How To Clean Copper Ware
Traan utensils can develop a dark tone over time and a patina which is desirable to make sure that the pan is in great condition. What should be avoided by you is gray-green verdigris which blacken with time and rust. To retain the shine of your favorite utensil, an easy home method is to stir together lemon juice and salt, rub it in with a cloth, and let it rest. Then simply wash with soap and warm water and dry completely, until warm and shiny.