Copper shines bright this Diwali festival at Tambat Ali

Prajakta Joshi
Thursday, 24 October 2019

“The coppersmiths have reinvented their traditional portfolio of copper items, but traditional ghangala, a tub or vessel for heating water on fire and kalshi pots for storing water are also quite sought after these days as decor items,” Potfode said

PUNE: Products made of copper are again trending this Diwali as a preferred item for gifting, thanks to its aesthetic value and growing awareness about its health benefits. Items like copper water bottles, pots, jugs, trays and decorative items are a huge hit among Punekars, which is good news for the coppersmiths at Tambat Ali in Kasba Peth.  

Not only are these used for gifting this Diwali, but people are preferring to use copper bottles to drink water from -- rather than plastic or aluminum -- as it is traditionally believed that water kept in copper absorbs heat and helps cool body, adding nutrients to the water in the process. Manoj Potfode, a coppersmith from Tambat Ali, said he has noticed an increase in sale of copper items since last 5 to 6 years.

“The coppersmiths have reinvented their traditional portfolio of copper items, but traditional ghangala, a tub or vessel for heating water on fire and kalshi pots for storing water are also quite sought after these days as decor items,” Potfode said, adding that people buy it out of nostalgia. 

EXPORTS AND ONLINE MARKET
Most of the products manufactured in Tambat Ali are sent for export, or bought by traders for e-commerce platforms.

“Many of the products that are made here get a good market online. Since many people cannot come here to buy our products, and many don’t know about this place, our online market has many takers,” another coppersmith in the area, Ajit Pimple said.

He added, “We have a huge demand for Diwali. People usually place their orders from all around Pune, and outside at least two months prior. Since copper was never used extensively in western countries, people there are fascinated by these products, resulting in good export numbers.”

CRAZE FOR COPPER BOTTLES
The copper item, which is perhaps the most popular of all is the copper bottle.

“Copper bottles are bought by all, young as well as old. Especially in the summer months, these bottles are sold the most due to copper’s property of absorbing heat. But even for Diwali, people have preferred buying bottles the most as gift items. We make the bottles in such sizes that they will easily fit in the backpacks, and the prices start from as low as Rs 500,” Pimple said.

100 PC RECYCLABLE
“In times when pollution and the menace of plastic are discussed the most, I would like to point out that products made of copper can be fully recycled,” Potfode said.

He added, “Many times, people come to us with their old copper utensils, which we melt and make new products for them. Thus, copper products that you buy here will never make it to the garbage, since they can always be recycled. Moreover, the life of a copper utensil, if used properly, can be as long as at least 25 years. Since these products are costlier than plastic, people tend to use them well. So, in a way, going for copper means going eco-friendly.”

LARGE VARIETY
Innovative copper products like decorative candle stands, lamps, small bowls, glasses, ‘tambya’ (small and big vessels for storing drinking water), jars, containers for storing spices and pots are some of the modern avatars in which people are buying copper for gifting their friends and family in Diwali.

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