Celebrating mass-produced, frugal, aesthetic design from india

From k(need) to belan..

The rolling pin or as lovingly called the belan in the Indian scenario has come a long way. Being passed on from one generation to the net like a baton, its consistency and miraculously iteration –free design makes it a winner all the way.This cylindrical object is the tool for all women in India which so miraculously converts a little piece of dough into a perfect flat circle.

The belan generally comes in two major variations; an organic single shape, and a two handles-cylinder- in middle design. The most popular material choice is wood, polished and finished to smoothness. Wood becomes a perfect choice, in terms of ease of maintenance and pressure application due to weight.

The size of a belan has been designed keeping in mind ease of operation and maximize productivity as the top priority.Thus, variations from 10 inches to 12 inches to support our hands are available in the market. The diameter of the cylindrical centre is usually from 1 inch to 2.5 inch.

Belan serves a dual purpose for women in Indian scenario. Apart from its primary use in the kitchen to make rotis /chapattis or any dough related item to a circular shape it is also considered as a weapon being used by mothers/wife as a means of punishing corporally their children/husband etc. This portrayal of belan was created by many films and caricatures and it also seeped into our minds.

The design of this product is such that it gives shape to our bread without any technical specifications with lifetime reliability.

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