A jeweller clan honours an old world silver smith

Kozhikode: K C Balakrishnan, a silversmith of the dying school of artisans when silver ruled nostalgically recalls those days. He started making filigreed magic in the soft metal at the tender age of 12 and is now into his 6th decade fashioning hand-wrought ornaments, even crowns. In Malabar silver was queen, especially among Muslims in Malappuram. Marriages invariably saw women bedecked in sterling silver, with some girdles weighing up to 1½ kilos gracing brides! These treasures were crafted in wealthy houses. There was a saying that all one needed was a husband and a smith! He was honoured by the Bhima Bhatt jeweller clan on the occasion of the opening of their new showroom showcasing silver.

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