Kansara community for the last 900 years have been involved in making articles of ‘Kansa’ or bronze as it is more popularly known. With the advent of cheap steel, bronze started losing its importance despite being a superior metal/alloy. We at Kansara are trying to revive the glory of this fabulous Kansa which is both healthy and pure.
The Kansara caste is an Hindu caste whose traditional occupation is the making of metal utensils; they inhabit the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
In India, the caste system is as old as the Indian Civilization. It was originally started in India with the thought of organizing the society as different sections based on the aptitude of different people and the work they did. The Indian caste system proposed 4 sections or varnas of the society based on what people did. The first varna was the Brahmans. The classic property of anyone with brahman traits is the pursuit of knowledge for the sake of knowledge. These in modern day can be compared to researchers. The second varna was the Kshatriyas. The prominent trait of these people is the hunger for power. These are the seekers of power and authority. The modern day version of Kshatriyas are the politicians and soldiers. The third varna was the Vaishyas. These are predominantly the seekers of wealth. Modern day businessmen is the example. The last varna is the Shudras. These are the people who like to serve and have service as their core trait. The working class is the modern day example of Shudras. The older system did not decide the varna of a person based on his/her birth. Instead what the person did was used to classify him into one of the varnas. Unfortunately over centuries the caste system deteriorated by becoming rigid and instead of aptitude the castes become associated with birth leading to a severe defect which was diametrically opposed to the original idea.
Our caste or last name is Kansara. Lohar is the caste or last name for people who do iron related work, Sonar is caste or the last name for people who do gold related work. The word Kansara, is derived from Kansa (Bronze), meaning people who do bronze related work. The Kansara people were originally Kshatriyas (leaders) who became Vaishyas (businessmen). “Kansara” have a documented history of 900 years working with bronze metal. This has given us the unique know-how and traditional experience of the technology behind creating purest bronze. It has also given a unique aptitude of craftsmanship and innovative metal work. Bronze for us is not just a metal. It is our pride, lineage and heritage.