Ceramic, fibre, glass and porcelain—there’s plenty different wares we’ve all dined in. But remember those white enamel wares, the ones that your grandparents probably had a stock of?
We Found Rare Handcrafted Tamchini Wares In Burra Bazar
Still wondering what tamchini is? Simply put, tamchini is the Hindi term for enamel wares or crockery that was popular in the olden times. Made out of iron or tin, these wares come covered in white enamel and coloured border (mostly blue) to protect it from corrosion and heat. Plates, bowls, mugs and dishes, tamchini was a readily available in most households at least an era back, until glass, fibre and plastic took over the kitchen scene.
Given a little effort, finding regular tamchini wares won’t be too difficult in the city. But finding hand-crafted tamchini (tamchini with fine designs and beautiful patterns) in the city is no child’s play. These rare gems are found in only one nook of the city tucked inside a massive bustling bazar. But we’re here to share our secret, and you must head to Burra Bazar if you are to pick up these beautiful wares.
Now this is would be a double discovery date, if you don’t already know where the Naveh Shalom Synagogue is. Get to the Canning Street Portuguese Church and cross across to walk into the lane on the opposite side. Once there, you’ll find a stretch of stores and wholesale stalls selling hand-painted colourful tamchini wares. From paisley to floral-pattern bands, these wares come in different colours and sizes. But best of all, they are all priced as reasonably as INR 40 onwards.
The little interesting trivia is, our Muslim friends often use these big tamchini plates for their shared Iftaar meals. So, along with the paisleys and florals, you’ll also find tamchini with plenty Islamic designs. Oh, and before you visit remember to keep Sundays out because the stores are open from Monday to Saturday.