Mirrors priced between Rs.1,200 and Rs.37,500
A 21-day exhibition and sale of Aranmula mirrors began at the Kairali showroom of the Handicrafts Development Corporation of Kerala Limited at Chinnakada here on Wednesday. The show was inaugurated by Mayor Prasanna Earnest.
Showroom manager S. Chandrakumar said that Aranmula mirrors with prices from Rs.1,200 to Rs.37,500 were for sale at the exhibition. The mirrors come in the shape of conchs, sun, peacocks, and swans.
These mirrors, which are not made of glass, do not crack if they fall. They are metal mirrors, created from an alloy of copper and tin, with an interesting history. They are also considered one among the eight auspicious items or “ashtamangalyam” that make up a Kerala bride’s trousseau. The manufacture of this mirror is still a closely guarded secret shared by only a few artisans.
They are produced in Aranmula and even the British Museum in London has a 45-cm tall Aranmula mirror in its collection. The origin of this mirror is linked to the Aranmula Parthasarahty Temple.
There are Aranmula mirrors which cost $1,00,000. Many believe that owning an Aranmula mirror will bring luck. Mr. Chandrakumar said that the show had already started drawing crowds. Sale of these mirrors at the exhibition held at the same showroom last year touched Rs.6 lakh, he said. The show ends on July 31.