The capability of the artisans of Maharashtra can be seen in the fine art and craft finishes. The fine fabrics of
mashru and himroo are the clear examples of their highest level of weaving art. The fabric which looks like golden cloth is regarded to be one of the finest of its kind. The high level weaving know-how is also evident with the
paithani and narayan peth sarees.
Bidri craftsmen were patronized in the Mughal courts and settled down to practice their craft in the fortress town of Bidar in Karnataka, giving the craft it's name. It originated with the ornamentation of royal swords and other weapons, and was later applied to domestic use in items like cigars and cigarette boxes.
Typical Bidri items include plates, bowls, vases, ashtrays, trinket boxes, "Hukka" bases,
jewellery etc. Glass and studded bangles of Bidri are a favourite with women.