Kansa Basan

Mushidabad is famous for its bell metal, locally known as Kansa, and brass utensils. Bell metal works or Kansa as the Bengalis refer to it is another popular craft practiced by the skilled craftsmen of Murshidabad. Bell-metal and brass utensils are manufactured in large quantities at Khagra, Berhampore, Kandi, Baranagar and Jangipur. These have a traditional demand in the local markets and some are also exported. Locks and betelnut cutters of a superior kind are made at Dhulian and iron chests at Jangipur. Iron chests, betelnut cutters and locks of superlative quality are also manufactured in these areas.

A famous type of metal used to make bells called "Khagrai Kansa" is made in the city. This is a type of brass that is used to make utensils like dishes & bowls. There is a tradition of giving bell metal utensils as gifts to a bride during wedding. It is considered to be auspicious.

The problem of getting raw materials for the brass and bell-metal artisans of the district is, however, acute. While delay in getting raw materials owing to the complicated procedural formalities involved in the submission of applications for raw materials has been almost a constant factor, the industry has also been affected by the change in consumers demand in favour of stainless steel, plastic and ceramic goods and crockery.