Metalware of Laos


Metalware of Laos

Metalworkers have always enjoyed a special status among the craft communities as the taboos, rites and rituals associated with metal are many. In most traditional communities it is usually the men who work with fire and metals.

Laos has a tradition of

  • Black smithing and iron forging. The Kui and several of the Bahnaric-speaking people were once famous for iron forging. The craft had its origin in black smithing. This skill is now being utilized for the manufacture of iron products.
  • Casting and forging of various musical instruments including the following:
    • Bronze drums
    • Gongs
    • Cymbals
    • Metal-bar instruments
  • Casting of Buddha images
  • Jewelry and Silverware


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