The intricate designs, proficient engravings, and unadulterated high-quality brass has made Moradabad earn a nickname of the ‘Brass City’. Dating back to the 17th century A.D, the city is said to be named after Prince Murad Baksh, the son of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This established industrial centre of U.P. is situated on the banks of the river Ramganga, at a distance of 167 km from the capital city, New Delhi and is all set to become a Smart City in the near future.
Valued for its golden lustre, the brassware with the intricate ornamentation is a legacy of the Mughals. Though according to a government document, exports started in the 1950s with brass trays for bottles of attar, and jars to bring back the holy water of Mecca.
The brass utensils have become a quintessence of a traditional marriage. An essential product that needs a special mention is the paandaan, which is considered to be the crucial dowry item even today. In fact, the size of the paandaans and the ornamentation reflect the social standing of a bride`s family.
As making handicrafts out of brass stays to be an age old tradition, brass workers have developed this art to perfection. Indeed, brass items have spread worldwide with connoisseurs marvelling at the intricate details carved in a rich splendour of colours. From statues and utensils to jewellery and antiques, brass wares stand as a memoir of a consistent art, adding to the fine décor of one’s house. The Brass statue of Nataraja is the perfect souvenir one can take back home.
Currently, the total exports from brass handicrafts have exceeded $600 million, employing thousands of people and contributing greatly to the city’s economy. Local manufacturers export their goods to countries such as the UK, Canada, the US, Germany and the Middle East. Almost all the major retail chains like Walmart, IKEA, Target, etc., purchase brass products from Moradabad itself.
Indeed, the craftsmen preparing the traditional brass vases, wall hangings, brass furniture etc. actually possess the magic that turns the ravage into gold. The silken touch of the masterly style creates the finest designs, patterns and structure that are unique in their own nature and captivate the hearts of everyone who looks at them.
In fact, these wonderful artefacts of U.P. enchant every visitor. The golden glitter illuminates the bazaars as tourists and locals alike jostle to take home a sample of Moradabad’s fine workmanship.
So come and relish the skilled art of Moradabad. Experience the beauty of the golden hands that weave magic.