Silver Filigree (Karimnagar)
The district of Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh has long been recognized for it's exquisite Silver Filigree work. Silver Filigree work is an extremely intricate craft that requires great patience and skill. Each creation is generic, unique and different from others. A variety of thin and delicately worked silver articles of jewellery and household items are the hallmarks of silver filigree work
An Ornamented Art
The twisted silver wire is the main material. The silversmith crimps thin strips of fine silver into zigzag patterns and loops around the thicker silver strips, which form the framework of the main object. The strips of fine silver are then deftly soldered. Because of their unique zigzag-knitting pattern, they seem like exquisite lace work with fine silver.
The Unique Styles
Three types of styles are used in Silver Filigree work. These patterns are called 'Meenakari', 'Khulla Jaal' and 'Flowers and Leaves'. Entirely handmade, the silver used for this craft is of very high quality. The designs of leaves, flowers, trees, animals and birds seem to be predominant.
Now other household articles like tea trays, ornament containers, key chains and cigarette boxes, and Jewellery like necklaces, earrings and bracelets are also made. They are costly and yet priceless.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium, Gun foundry, Hyderabad & Minerva Complex, S.D.Road, Secunderabad.
Kalanjali Arts & Crafts, Nampally, Hyderabad.
Sheela's Indian Handicrafts Specialists, Lal Bahadur Stadium, Hyderabad
Mahboob Bidri Works, Masab Tank, Opposite Diamond Sweet House Hyderabad.
Cauvery Karnataka State Arts & Crafts Emporium, Seven Hills Plaza, S.D. Road, Secunderabad.
Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Minerva Complex, S.D. Road, Secunderabad.
Crafts Museum Calcutta Emporium, Behind Lepakshi, Gunfoundry, Hyderabad.