Handmade copper craft made by the Tamata community from Almora, Uttarakhand. A Gagar or Gagri is a traditional vessel from Uttarakhand. It comes in various sizes, from a small handy Gagar used during puja rituals to large ones that people of this Himalayan region use for storing drinking water.
Handmade copper Gagar has been made by the Tamta community from Almora, which is famous for its copper works. Traditionally, Indian families believe that drinking water stored overnight in copper vessels is good for health, which is why it is widely used as a common household item. The smaller ones are used in religious rituals like during elaborate pujas – often as a replacement for the lota. The design on this Gagar, or the square motifs all over it, are hand-beaten by the coppersmith with a hammer.