We are traditional craft makers from Payyanur, Kerala and we make idols of deities in Bell Metal, Gold and Silver. We are one of the few viswakarma families who still follow the family tradition of making crafts in metals for a living. This is a very tough profession and it needs hard work, dedication and vast knowledge. We are happy to introduce you two popular craftsmen from Padoli who are well known for their traditional craft making skills and were decorated with many honors.
Sri. Padoli Govindan Anthithiriyan
At 65 years of age he is the oldest craftsman in Padoli Village who still makes crafts for a living. For Govindan work is worship and he finds immense happiness in making Idols of Gods mostly in Panchaloha (Mix of 5 Metals). He was introduced to crafts making by his late father Mr. Kelappan Karanavar who was also well known for making big cooking vessels popularly called as Vattalam in Kerala. Some of his master piece works are Lakshmi Idols, Nataraja Idols, Vishnu Idols, Ganpathi Idols and Deepasthamabam (dedicated similar lamp to Payyanur Subramania Swami Temple on remembrance of his father). He is recognized by govt of Kerala and govt of India on his crafts making skills and has been given identity cards and also received many appreciations from many Temple Authorities on his work.
Mr. Vinod Kovval Padoli
Mr. Vinod Padoli is younger son of Sri. Padoli Govindan Anthithiriyan and has Masters Degree in Information Technology from University of Kannur. Previously employed in reputed IT companies in bangalore and choose not to continue IT profession as he did not find job satisfaction at office work. He now continues their family’s tradition of making Idols in Brass and he has been facilitated with many state and national awards. He was showcased in many new channels and leading news papers in Kerala. Some of his most famous sculpture works are Deshavatharam Lamp, Krishna Idols, Mahakali Idols, Saraswathi Idols, Muthappan, Thiruvappan and Temple Door Designs in Brass. His artistic work attracted buyers even from USA and France.
More about Us
We manufacture all types of handicrafts in Bell Metal, Gold and Silver and our products are popular in south India. Our products range from Temple Idols to house hold items for regular use. Temple Idols are always crafted in Panchaloha Metal.
How we make Idols ?
We refer Vedas and Upanishads and use our artistic creativity while making handcrafted Idols. The creative ideas emerged in the minds of craftsmen are then depicted on wax using hands. Using natural tools we intricate details and designs of the final product on the wax.
The wax model is then covered in four layers of clay and allowed to dry. This four layered mould is heated in a furnace to remove the wax, leaving cavity of the wax model. Melted Panchaloha metal is poured into the mould and it takes the shapes of the wax model. After cooling minimum of 6 hours, the outer mould is broken and then Panchaloha Idol is ready for final finishing work and polishing.
We use the same scale ratio used by the god Viswakarma (the creator of universe) for making Idols. It is called “Yeva” scale and our charges are based on Yeva. There are different Yeva scales suggested by Viswakarma for different deities. For example the Yeva scale suggested for Idol Ganpathi cannot be applied to Mahavishnu Idols.