Bidri Cufflinks Fish-Flower Set
This cufflinks with floral bidri work feature striking silver against a deep, dark black, one that does not fade with time. These defining characteristics of Bidriware from Bidar, Karnataka in Southern India bears testimony to the fine craftsmanship involved in creating this metal inlay work.
This beautiful craft, with its 500 year old history, continues to be centered around the soil of Bidar used in its creation. Artisans lay special emphasis on the quality, often determining it by placing the soil on their tongue, a skill passed from one generation to the next.
Pure silver wire or sheet inlaying in engraved portion of casting & silver inlaid part smoothening again by buffing and finally oxidizing (to make it black) of silver inlaid casting by baking it in liquid mixture of Bidar soil and ammonium chloride. During this oxidising process, only casting becomes black & pure silver remains shining!
Care Instructions: Store in a cool dry place. If the lustre of piece seems to fade lightly wipe with a piece of soft cloth and few drops of coconut oil. The lustre would be back. Keep away from water and exposure to moisture.