Bidri artwork is a 500-year-old metal art form that originated in South India near the famous Bidar Fort in West Karnataka. Hyderabad boasts of one of the finest forms of creativity – the Bidri craft. Its roots go back to the craftsmen of Persia who were working in India on the forts and palaces of the Bahamani Sultans. The manufacturing process, which developed at that time, is primarily the same method used today to produce Bidri artwork. Bidri treasures have been valued by art collectors and art connoisseurs for centuries. 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! Bidri artwork once practiced all over India now has confined to Bidar in Karnataka and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh, now Seemandhra, is known for the Budithi art which is a unique and special form of metal handicrafts in India. Budithi art is practiced in the Budithi village in Srikakulam district where it was originated. It is famous for making beautiful metal handicrafts from alloys in both traditional and modern styles. Brass is the main alloy that is used prominently in this art. This place is gaining popularity for creating wonderful Brassware. It has been in the tradition of this village for years and it has now become the profession of locals. It has not been that famous, but with the efforts of state government, it has achieved huge popularity. The antique and modern styles used in Budithi art fascinate the art lovers. Handicrafts in India manufactured using this art have fictional shapes ranging from the appealing traditional to stylish modern. These usually have trim neck and amazing body shapes and come with elegant charm. In this art, various utensils, vases, pots, and a series of decorative items. Many of these artworks usually have geometrical shapes with curves and lines forming presentations which are simple, but look remarkable. Some artists also use floral patterns on these handicrafts.