Brass is an alloy composed of copper and zinc, is known for its hardness. Boasting a gold-like appearance, brass is utilized for making aesthetic handicraft pieces and decorative items.
Brass is also used to make water pots, dishes, bowls, locks, cymbals, plumbing essentials, musical instruments, tools and zippers. On top of these, it is traditionally used to make idols.
South Indian States are quite popular for their brass lamps and brass deities. By and large, temple bells and huge temple lamps are also made of brass in different parts of South India.
Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh is popularly called Brass City (or Pital Nagri in hindi) for its brass handicrafts industry.
Located on the banks of the river Ramganga, Moradabad prides itself on its skilled labour associated with the modern brass jewelry, artistic brass ware as well as brass trophies.
Moradabad is known for its brassware manufacturing all over the world. It exports brassware goods worth crores of rupees to countries like the US, Canada, UK, the Middle East and Germany. The city boasts close to 600 export units and 9000 industries.
Historians find art and artifacts from yesteryears quite useful as they are credible sources to weave together stories about the ancient period of India. Moreover, they offer an insight into the traditional and cultural aspects of the society they are part of.