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Bidar, Karnataka



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  • Mintainer - Rock-shaped Box (Bidri Art)
  • Delicase - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Curvisil - Serving Tray (Bidri Art)
  • Silver Lining - Storage Box (Bidri Art)
  • Tall Order - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Anchorest - Anchor-shaped Paper Weight (Bidri Art)
  • Long Haul - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Jug Saagar - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Sitara - Storage Box with Stand (Bidri Art)
  • Long John Silver - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Peacock - Vase (Bidri Art) Peacock - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Glassnost - Hand Mirror (Bidri Art) Glassnost - Hand Mirror (Bidri Art)
  • Geometria - Storage Box (Bidri Art)
  • Interval - Egg-shaped Storage Box (Bidri Art)
  • Elephest - Showpiece (Bidri Art)
  • Swordside - Paper Cutter (Bidri Art)
  • Paani Put - Jar (Bidri Art)
  • Deerest - Showpiece (Bidri Art)
  • Ornamark - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Metalite - Tissue Holder (Bidri Art) Metalite - Tissue Holder (Bidri Art)
  • Silverpet - Storage Box (Bidri Art)
  • Elephun - Paper Weight (Bidri Art)
  • Jug Mohan - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Out of the Box - Storage Box (Bidri Art)
  • Gol Taal - Wine Decanter (Bidri Art)
  • Necklace - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Silverstop - Set of 4 Coasters with Holder (Bidri Art)
  • Bidariya - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Long Shot - Vase (Bidri Art) Long Shot - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Swami Vivekananda Showpiece (Bidri Art)
  • Elephriend - Showpiece (Bidri Art)
  • Kurmisa - Paper Weight (Bidri Art)
  • Elephesta - Pair of Showpieces (Bidri Art)
  • Neckline - Vase (Bidri Art) Neckline - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Jugalbandi - Vase (Bidri Art)
  • Swansong - Pair of Showpieces (Bidri Art)
  • Rectangula - Storage Box (Bidri Art)
  • Hold It - Leaf-shaped Platter (Bidri Art)
  • Elephine - Showpiece (Bidri Art)
  • Aamlet - Storage Box (Bidri Art) Aamlet - Storage Box (Bidri Art)
  • Round Up - Vase (Bidri Art)

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About Bidriwala

From a small town in Karnataka called Bidar comes an ancient art, taught to local artisans by the Persians, passed down from generation to generation for the past 400 years.

Bidri is the art of inlaying silver or gold on black metal. It involves 4 laborious & highly skilled techniques - melting the alloy, casting the article, engraving & inlaying the design and finally oxidizing.

Once the alloy of copper and zinc is cast, intricate designs are drawn by free hand and then engraved using steel chisels designed by the artisans themselves. The silver or gold wire/sheet is then hammered into these engraved designs. Finally, the article is oxidized to give its characteristic & unique black colour.

The black colour of the metal comes from a special variety of soil which is found only in the unlit portions of the Bidar fort. No one knows exactly what is special about it. The artisans need to test the taste of the soil with their tongue in order to assess its quality. This knack of assessment is an art known only to these artisans, learnt through experience and knowledge passed down from their ancestors.

Now a days, the artisans create a large range of beautiful handcrafted articles from traditional pots & vases to modern day usb drives, bookmarks, hukka and tissue dispensers!


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