Exquisite Handmade Bidriware Tea Coasters Beautifully Crafted with Silver Inlay Designs and Leaf Design
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This product is made by traditional Bidri Artisan and his family who are making these beautiful work of art for many generation. Astute care and craftsman ship is required to make an art form of this kind.
Metal : Blackened alloy of zinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver.
Product : Tea Coasters beautifully crafted with silver inlay designs
Design : Pure Silver Wire Inlay work / Leaf design
Uses : The elegant look and the classic finish makes this product an ideal show piece at your drawing room, bed room and office. The product will exuberate your taste for contemporary designs, ethnic products, understanding of history and your concern towards artisans of India. A finely crafted Bidriware exemplifies your class and richness.
|Shipping info||:||Shipped within 5-7 business days.|
|Material||:||Zinc & Copper|
|Dimension (In)||:||4 inch|
|Color||:||Black , Silver|
|Item Code||:||BH 329|
The origin of Bidriware is usually attributed to the Bahamani sultans who ruled Bidar (In the present day Karnataka State of India) in the 14th–15th centuries. Bidriware originated in ancient Persia. It was brought to India by the followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The art form developed in the kingdom was a mix of Turkey, Persia and Arabic countries which were intermingled with the local styles and thus a unique style of its own was born. Abdullah bin Kaiser, a craftsman from Iran was invited by the Sultan Ahmed Shah Bahmani to work on decorating the royal palaces and courts. According to some accounts, Kaiser joined hands with local craftsmen and gave birth to Bidriware under the rule of Second Sultan Alauddin Bahmani. Along with local artisans, the art ware spread far and wide and was handed over to generations as time passed. Fortunately, the art did not die with the kings, it was later on patronized by subsequent kingdoms and today, we can enjoy its exclusivity. It is a family business and in some artisans’ families, even women take part in the making of the metal ware. Since then, the craft has been handed down succeeding generations mostly among the local Muslim and Lingayat sects.
The term ‘Bidriware’ originates from the township of Bidar, which is still the chief centre for the manufacture of the unique metalware. Due to its striking inlay artwork, Bidriware is an important export handicraft of India and is prized as a symbol of wealth. The metal used is a blackened alloy of zinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver.
Bidriware is manufactured from an alloy of copper and zinc (in the ratio 1:16) by casting. The zinc content gives the alloy a deep black color.
Process & Uniqueness
It is considered that the soil of Bidar is very special. Some artisans feel that the soil is away from the sunlight and rain for years and therefore it has great oxidizing properties. Others believe that the part of the fort from where soil is brought was a mint and therefore metal extracts in the soil make it unique. The artisans say that the quality of the Bidri earth is very important and the real art lies in testing the mud which is necessary for making the articles. It is tasted by the artisans by their tongues and then decided whether to use it or not. This knack comes from experience and is passed on to next generation. Another important thing is that all the process of making the Bidriware starting from casting to oxidation is done by hand and therefore it is time consuming and hence costlier too.
Each bidri utensil has to pass through a long complicated process of casting, polishing, engraving, inlaying and blackening of the alloy before the final product is ready for the market. The casting is done in moulds of red clay, a mixture of wax and resin covering the mould with a coating of red clay superimposed on it. This whole process is supported by stops, which may not be necessary in case of smaller articles. The product is then roughly polished on a lathe.
Design & Finish
The design is first drawn freehand and later engraved with a sharp chisel in varying depths. Silver wire or pieces of the sheets are then embedded on the chased patterns by hammering. The highly intricate designs are however introduced at the time of the crafting itself. A combination of chemicals varying from common salt, saltpeter, copper sulphate and salammonac when applied to the surface of the vessel transforms the color of the metal to jet-black. The final polishing with sandpaper, charcoal and coconut sets the shimmering silver in sharp relief to its satiny black background.
Bidri work boasts of versatility, design originality and fine craftsmanship. Gold inlay work is now rare but was at one time as popular as silver. At present, only silver is used to make the craft more vibrant. Traditionally, various flowers (known as Asharfi-ki-booti), leaves (vine creepers), geometric designs, human figures, stylized poppy plants with flowers etc. are commonly found on the items. Demand for the design of Persian roses and passages from the Holy Quran in Arabic script are also in great demand in the West. Slight variations in Bidri craftsmanship are the Taikashi or the brass metal wire inlay work, the Taihnishan and the Zamisshan in which the design is deeply cut and the Zar Buland which resembles the encrusted ware of Tanjore, where white designs are cut on the red and yellow ground of copper or brass vessels.
Another type of ornamentation is the Aftabi and Mumabatkari in which the patterns are wrought at slightly raised levels over the surface of the vessel, to look overlaid. Often, more than one style is used on the same article though a combination of Taikashi and Taihnishan is more common.
Cost & Service
The traditional art of Bidriware and its making has seen a lot of changes in the last century much of which has been detrimental to its true form and uniqueness. The art has also moved from its central area of origin which is Bidar to many adjoining states. Its huge demand has also triggered for mass productions and process atomization due to which many products available in the market today lacks the traditional sheen. Today one has to be extremely careful about its quality and originality while picking up a Bidriware.
We bring you products made by select traditional experienced ethnic craft houses who are in the business of Bidriware manufacturing from generations. We get products for you from artisans who can not compromise the art for its demand and still take pride of their work and the intricate designs which they craft with their hands.
We endeavor to give a better deal to these artisans and to our esteemed customers by providing a common platform and avoiding middlemen in between. Thus we boast of providing genuine Bidriware products from the original sources to our customers at incomparable prices. The products we promote are for customers who have a taste for the original and understand its value.
Our prices are further controlled by keeping stock of minimal products and most of our products are made to order owing to large range of designs and sizes for every product.
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|Shop Name||:||Bidri Handicraft|