Bidri artwork is a 500-year-old metal art form that originated in South India near the famous Bidar Fort in West Karnataka. Its roots go back to the craftsmen of Persia who were working in India on the forts and palaces of the Bahaman Sultans.
The base material of Bidri artwork is a black, metal alloy, which is cast from zinc and copper. Talented artists engrave intricate designs over the surface of the piece; then, they tap thin sheets of copper or silver into the thin grooves of their etching. The contrast between the black surface and the silver and/or copper is breathtaking!