Lohar Haji Saddiq’s shop in Nirona- the master maker of copper bells from scratch, The ease and finesse with which his hammer moved created a musical masterpiece that uses no welding joints but a unique interlocking system was impressive.
Copper Bell making in Kutch is a wonderfully sustainable craft as the raw material is metal scrap which is purchased from junk yards and the only use of energy is in the furnace for preparing them. Even the waste generated is miniscule, comprising of small metal scrap and burnt mud.
Ancestors of copper bell makers sold their products to the local communities. Maldharis Bharvads and Rabaris (pastoral communities) were their major clientele and shared a very close relationship with the bell artisans. The Bharvads and Rabaris would sit with the bell makers describing the sound that their cattle recognize. The bell makers set the sound and tone till his client felt convinced of the sound. The bells come at a very high price and carry a life-time warranty. If there is any change in sound or the shining fades, then the copper bell artisans refurbish it free of cost. Almost all the live-stock was adorned with their bells thus providing a very good market.
•Copper, brass and bronze are capable of killing harmful, potentially deadly bacteria.
•Potential uses of the antimicrobial alloys where they can help reduce the amount of disease-causing bacteria in healthcare facilities include.
•Unlike coatings or other materials treatments, the antibacterial efficacy of copper metals won't wear away. They are solid through-and-through and are effective even when scratched. They offer long-term protection; whereas, antimicrobial coatings are fragile, and can deteriorate or and wear off after time.
•nearly 45% as much copper is recovered from recycled material as is derived from newly mined ore.
•According to the Environmental Protection Agency, using recycled copper results in a saving of 85-90% of the energy that would have been needed to make new copper from virgin ores.
•The divine energy and chaitanya generated by the sound of bell drives away the negative energies.
•The duration of the echo is good enough to activate all our seven healing centres of our body(7 chakras defined in Yoga). This results in emptying our brain from all our thoughts and helps us in entering a very sharp state where we can have a good level of concentration.