A workshop in the Old City of Ahmedabad in Gujarat making silver and gold metal leaf for use in temples, medicines and on sweets.
70 small gold rectangles weighing a total of 10g, each one measuring 1.2cm x 2.5cm, are hammered and stretched to make finished sheets 15cm x 12.5cm. The metal is sandwiched between sheets of fine 'medical' paper and held in a leather wallet. The hammer has two faces one for stretching the metal quickly, the other for smoothing out the foil. The work is repetitive and relies on touch and a mental picture of what is happening inside the wallet as much as on sight.
This was one of a group of workshops next door to each other, all producing metal leaf.
As I walked along the street I was drawn by the sound and rhythm of the constant hammering.
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