Bidri artistes of Bidar take to new canvases
What does a snazzy USB drive cover have to do with the art of Bidri ware that was promoted by the Bahmani kings of the medieval times?
The traditional art, identified with a limited set of designs, is trying to diversify and find a foothold in the present-day market and appeal to younger patrons.
Bidri artistes in Bidar, Karnataka, are moving away from the old portfolio that included flower vases, jewellery boxes and the signature item — the royal hookah and have come up with innovative products such as USB drive covers, office stationery, lampshades and even floor tiles.
Abdul Rauf, national award-winning master craftsman, has been making tiny Bidri pieces with a few line drawings to be fitted on to USB drives.
He has sold around 3,000 pieces to a showroom in Hyderabad. Orders are pouring in, he said. “We had to do this to save on costs and reduce the use of metal,” he said............click for more
Source: The Hindu