Handicraft

DOKRA METAL CRAFTS

dokra Metal Crafts

Dokra also is known as bell metal craft is a tribal metal craft widely seen in Jainoor Mandal, Adilabad District of Telangana. In Adilabad district, places like Ushegaon and Chittalbori are the main contributors of this art.

What catches your eye in this beautiful craft is that each piece is different from the other. The craft produces objects like figurines, tribal gods, etc. This work has good demand both in the domestic and international market due to its aesthetic look and primitive simplicity. The work consists of folk motifs, peacocks, elephants, horses, measuring bowl, lamp caskets, and other simple art forms and traditional designs. The Dokra artifacts are made in brass and are unique in that the pieces do not have any joints. The method is by combining metallurgical skills with wax techniques employing the lost wax technique, a unique form where mold is used only once and broken, making this art the only one-of-its-kind in the world. There are many families in Adilabad district dedicated to this ancestral craft, which is labor-intensive work.

BIDRI CRAFT

bidri

Bidri craft is yet another craft that serves as the pride of the Telangana region. This unique art of silver engraved on metal has always enthralled people with its lure. History reveals that this amazing craft was brought by Iran migrants to the country. It involves various stages such as casting, engraving, inlaying and oxidizing.

The construction took almost a decade to complete and was consecrated in the same year by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. Birla Foundation, known for the name of this art form is derived from a town called Bidar (currently part of Karnataka) of the erstwhile Hyderabad state, located close to Hyderabad. Bidri art involves using black colors for surface ornamentation. It does not fade easily. It also accompanies gold and silver coatings. Bidri art involves using an alloy of Copper and Zinc, called Gunmetal. The art is also used for making Cigar, Huqqa buttons, flower vases, jewelry boxes and many more. Popular Bidri art gift articles that are very famous include cuff links, paper knives, key chains, and paperweights. Originating from Hyderabad in the state of Telangana, this craft commands popularity all over the world. constructing other similar temples across the country are the patron of Birla Mandir at Hyderabad too.

 

BANJARA NEEDLE CRAFTS

traditional handmade fabrics

Banjaras or the Gypsies are important tribes of Telangana. Banjara Needle Crafts are some of the traditional handmade fabrics made by Banjaras in Telangana.

They contribute to the rich arts and crafts of the state in the form of embroidery and mirror work on fabrics. These colorful works can be easily found in most of the wardrobes in India. These tribes make use of their skill in needlecraft to create incredible designs on clothes. One such form is the needlecraft, where simple needles, base fabrics, embroidery threads, and the craft-prowess of these nomads work together to create beautiful pieces of art. Pinks, oranges, blues, whites, yellows, and other colored fabrics, with contrasting multi-colored thread-work, in fine geometric patterns, and other motifs, apart from embellishments like cowries, tiny mirrors, beads, and shells, resulting in the final ornate assemblage and exquisite beauty of Banjara needlecraft. One of the main reasons these craft pieces are used widely for decorating homes is because of the exotic feel they bring to the decor, and the unique earthiness, which they effectuate.

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