The district of
Andhra Pradesh has long been known for
it's exquisite Silver Filigree work. It 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
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.
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