Bidri Package Cutter - Set of 3
Elegant paper and package cutter, envelop openers - Set of 3
Set of 3 - Elegant paper and package cutter, envelop openers. Set of 3 with beautiful Silver work on blackened zinc!
This product is handcrafted by artisans of the Bidri Metalcraft from Bidar in Karnataka. Bidri craft developed in the 14th century C.E. as a part of the Bahamani Sultanate with Persian inputs.
This product is made by eight-stage manufacturing process. Casting of base structure from an alloy of copper and zinc metal (in the ratio 1:16) then smoothening of cast part by a file and the process of designing by chisels. The casting is further coated with a strong copper sulphate solution to gain a temporary black coating & freehand designing by engraving on it through small chisels & hammer.
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!