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Bidri craft of Karnataka

Bidriware is shiny silver inlay work against a black background. Designs in pure silver are inlaid in an alloy of zinc and copper. The craft gets its name from Bidar, a town in Karnataka, India, which is the hub of this craft.

The technique of Bidri came to India from Iran (Persia) in the 14th century. The designs are drawn free hand using sharp chisels. To keep the Bidriware look newer, the work is well polished with silver and vegetable oil is rubbed on the surface.

These beautiful Bidri artifacts are exhibited at the Surajkund Crafts Mela, the annual fair organized by Haryana Tourism to promote traditional handloom and handicraft of India.