Hand-forged Iron Tongs
This pair of hand-forged tongs or Pakad/Sandsi is from a local bazaar in the older neighbourhoods of Varanasi city. Surprisingly, it is still available and preferred over the industrially manufactured steel tongs. Used over a period of time, the handles acquire a natural iron lustre.
The asymmetric, narrow opening allows for closer grip onto vessels. It may be used exactly for the function it serves, or as an item of decoration.
TWF Picks is a selection of ordinary objects sourced from the bazaars and markets of India. Each object speaks of the culture and tradition of the place it is found in. Some of the objects are at the end of their regular existence and making tradition. Being replaced either by badly made versions or in some cases being totally replaced by cheap plastic alternatives. TWF Picks is a way of making them available to an audience beyond their place of origin. Perhaps in the hope that this may prolong the memory of their existence and highlight the beauty of their ordinary-ness.
Material: Hand-forged Iron. Unpainted, uncoated.
Size: 250mm x 60mm (Can vary +/- 5mm)
Note: Dimensions will vary from piece to piece. Iron will tend to rust. Pieces will exhibit marks of their handcrafted process.
Care: Rust may be prevented by frequent use or gently oiling the piece.
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