Prime Minister Modi gifts Bidri work Pair of Surahi from Telangana to South African President, Nagaland Shawl to the first lady of South Africa, and Gond Painting from Madhya Pradesh to the Brazilian President.
Bidriware is a metal handicraft from the city of Bidar in Karnataka. It was developed in the 14th century C.E. during the rule of the Bahmani Sultans. “Bidriware” originates from the township of Bidar, which is still the chief center of production. The metal used is white brass that is blackened and inlaid with silver. This native art form has obtained Geographical Indications (GI) registry on 03/01/2006.
Bidriware was first brought to India by noted Sufi Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti in the form of utensils. The art form developed in the kingdom that was a mix of Turkish, Persian and Arabic influences which were intermingled with the local styles and thus a unique style of its own was born.