Artisan Artforms: Metal Chimes
These metal chimes are made by a single family in the town of Behat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Male members over the age of 18 in the family such as husbands, uncles, sons and nephews are all part of chime making. They work out of an old, converted house which is now their workshop in the remote village.
The metal chimes start out as flat sheets of scrap metal. Artisans buy the scrap metal in bulk to use for chimes and other metal products. The sheets are measured to the size of each chime and outlined to be cut or stamped into the correct chime design. The men use simple machines and handheld tools to form each chime. Once the chimes are cut and the basic shape is formed, they are washed to remove any rust or dirt and to give the metal a clean surface for the color or paint to stick to. They are painted and sent to be finished.
The wives, daughters, and sisters of the men who create the chimes finish each piece with colorful beads and small bells to give them beautiful sound. This family business is supported by your purchases of their chimes! Watch below as our artisans create the Buddha Bell Chime!