Bidri is an art of inlaying silver or gold on black metal. Bidri ware is well known handicraft of Hyderabad. 'Bidri craft' is named after the place Bidar in Karnataka, from where it has originated. The unique artwork is originally gifted by Persian artists. Skilled Bidri artisans from Persia came to Bidar and trained Bidri artisans to create masterpieces for royal families. Bidri ware is a unique traditional art form made with mixture of zinc and copper, which is magically turned into deep dark black color at the end of the process. Sophisticated design motifs are inlayed to create glittering white contrast over black background. The traditional Bidri products are symbol of royal life, aesthetically adorns living spaces. Products such as hookah, shehnai – flower vase are created with Mughal motifs and star motifs, surai-type of vase in different shape and motif, ugaldaan, boxes, zalabchi, muqaba or round containers with dome-shaped lids, flower vases. Images of animals like elephant, horse camel are created. Birds like peacock, swan also include in the products.
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