Our bells are made by a Muslim community in the north-west of India, where both men and women are involved in creating the bells from recycled "lifeless" metal using craftsmanship passed down through generations.
Bells are traditionally used by farmers to identify their livestock. Due to consecutive droughts over the years, cattle breeders could no longer afford to buy bells on a regular basis and the art of traditional bell making was on the verge of being forgotten.
Nowadays, with the help of Fair Trade organisations like Matr Boomie and Fair Go Trading, hundreds of men and women are revitalising this art form. They are earning sustainable livelihoods by selling the bells internationally.
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