Metal and wood work from Jasdan
Jasdan is an important centre for the production of brass-ribbed chests called pataras or pataris and boxes embellished with metalwork. A patara is typically made of teak wood and contains eight or more drawers. Traditionally covered with brass and copper, now white metal is being increasingly used in their making. The box is strengthened with thick black metal pieces and decorated with thin pieces of white metal, embossed on the wood. The chests are lined with brass strips and brass stoppers are fixed. The chests were used for storage and traditionally as dowry and trousseau carriers. Some really fine pataras can be seen in the museum collections of Hingolgadh Castle and the Gondal Palace.
Other items which are made from metal are dryfruit box, dryfruit tray, pooja peti, business diary, flowerpots, wall pieces, wooden temples. The handicraft business is still unorganized and the benefit does not reach to the small manufacturers. Most of the demand for such items come during marriage seasons and festivals and summer is generally dry period for the industry.
Traditional arts and crafts have a special charm. However, lack of innovative designs often makes them dreary for the buyers. Craft Canopy will be guiding the small manufacturers on the design aspect of the boxes as well as will provide them with proper marketing linkages which will help in improving their profits and scaling their businesses. The new and trendy designs will also ensure better opportunities to attract new buyers and improve the source of income of the artisans. Through Craft Canopy the Artisans of Jasdan will be able to sell their product on a larger online platform.