MORPANKH DESIGN ARANMULA KANNADI /ARANMULA MIRROR -RRAM001
Morpankh or Peacock feather Design Traditional Aranmula Kannadi or Aranmula Mirror
There has been the mentioning of metal mirror in many puranas including Rig-Veda. Even in the carvings of Kajuraho there has been depiction of hand held mirrors. The mirror is oval shape or as per the ancient, it is shaped as the ‘YONNI MUKH’ or Vaginal face. It depicts femininity, just as Shiva Linga depicts masculinity. There are many temples in which the vaalkannadi is used to symbolize Goddess, i.e. Goddess with out form it is a temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, Veena is place next to the mirror. The mirror has a lot of ritualistic importance.
The Vaalkannadi has been used by the ladies of wealthy families for make up and also to admire themselves. It has also been an item of social symbol.
Aranmula Kannadi is a very special type of metal mirror produced only in Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala in India. Aranmula metal mirror is a precious inherited gift. The mystery of its production is a family gift handed over through generations. Indeed, the ancient art of making metal mirrors is still practiced, without modification, by a few family-based artisans in Aranmula.The manufacture of Aranmula Kannadi has been a zealously guarded secret of a handful of these surviving artisans.