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Ancient Idiophones

Ancient idiophones from different parts of India created generations ago in locally found material such as wood and scrap metal are a symbol of Indian tradition and culture.
The Handmade Ghantada is made by the Lohar community from Kutch, which is originally from Sindh. The Bell's hand carved wooden pendulum creates a sound that can be calibrated to produce various tones to identify the grazing cattle of different owners. It is customized for different animals. The craftsmen also make an array of wind chimes and wall hangings. A sustainable craft, it reminds us of being close to our roots as the metal scraps used is sourced from junkyards.
Thirki is an ancient wooden cowbell from central India, particularly Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, that is hand carved from a single log of wood. Unlike conventional cowbells, Thirki has more than one pendulum that produces a short sustained sound, enough for the cattle herders to know the whereabouts of their animals.
The alluring sound of these earthly crafted cowbells will fill your living space with nature’s resonance. Dating back to the Iron Age, these jingling pieces are meant to add arty warmth to a home.