Silver block is the main material in silver embellishment.
Silver blocks are melted and converted into silver biscuits.
The heating and cooling process is repeated for 3 to 4 times.
The heated article is dipped in sculpture liquid and then in normal water.
The silver biscuit is put through boring machine to convert it into silver sheet.
The silver sheet is measured to obtain the length required to make the product.
The sheet is hammered to form the required shape.
The ends are joined by soldering.
Measurements are marked using compass.
Article is hammered according to the marked measurement to form the required shape.
Circular shape of sheet is cut in the silver sheet for the base of the container.
The base is soldered and joined.
Karaikudi is famous for its diverse design in silver embellishing. The designs made on the products are traditional as well as contemporary. Karaikudi silver articles are famous for its unique traditional designs. The design themes used are God and Goddess carved on the product. The borders are designed with floral motifs. One of the interesting techniques used in making the product is the sand-blasting, which gives a dull texture on the surface of the silver product and highlights the design.
The main products are, the silver pot known as Kalasha, Silver lamps (deepam), small containers used in pooja, Turmeric and vermillion (Kumkum) holders, and many other products. The distinctive product came across is the silver baskets woven by thin strips of silver. The visual attribute of the basket that attracts the eyes of customers is the intricate workmanship on the basket, the luster of the pure polished silver and the durability of the material.
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