Metal work of Benaras Kaseras gets GI tag

Benaras metal repousse craft, preserved in the by-lanes of Varanasi for generations by the Kasera community , received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag on Tuesday .
Earlier, other famed products like Banarasi brocade and sarees, handmade carpet of Bhadohi, Banaras gulabi meenakari craft, Varanasi wooden lacquerware and toys, Mirzapuri handmade dari, and Nizamabad black clay pottery have received GI certificates.
“The finest example of this art form, preserved by our ancestors, could be seen at Golden Temple in Amritsar, Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Gurudwara of Taran Taran Sahib, Shani Shingnapur (Maharashtra), Jagannath temple of Puri and various other places,“ said Banaras Metal Craft Development Society secretary Anil Kumar Kasera. He said the society had applied for GI tag at the GI Court at Chennai in January 2013. Kasera said the craft, which would now be treated as intellectual property , is older than Banarasi saree and its existence could be seen in temples since the Vedic period.
“The people of Kasera community are happy to get this prestigious certification.This craft is older than the art of Banarasi saree,“ claimed Anil adding that its existence could be seen in forms of faces of gods and goddess, decorative items in temple since Vedic period.
Repousse is a technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side.It is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front. “We also call this technique Khal-Ubhar ka kam (chasing or embossing),“ said Anil. Metal repouse craft is popular in making traditional ornaments, doors and wall decoration, various types of gold and silver utensils. One can also see the examples of this craft in Mahakumbh Mela.
Nearly 500 artisans are engaged in this work, and some of them are very popular for their exclusive craft in various important temples in the country 

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