HANDMADE Setting its roots in Bidar in India, the craft of Bidri originated during the early 14th century under the Bahmani rulers. Deriving inspirations from the inlay techniques of Persian crafts, Bidri was developed with its own indigenous techniques and processes that became known for its unique matte black finish, which is only attainable from the mud found in certain parts of the Deccan region. When dipped in boiling slurry of this mud, the chemical composition present in it renders the zinc black. This feature makes the craft unique in its nature and geography. We have approached this otherwise extremely ornate and decorative craft with a pared down aesthetic and a modern interpretation.
Our products celebrate the process of making by hand, embracing its inherent imperfections. The Black finish of the product is a result of the natural process of Bidri making. We advocate gentle usage of the product and regular maintenance. We recommend regular cleaning and buffing with a soft cloth to remove dust. Avoid keeping heavy or hot objects directly on the surface of the tray. Spilling of liquids may de-colour the tray. You may use Silver metal polish, vegetable or coconut oil to retain the shine of the silver inlay.
The Agra Bidri Tray encapsulates refined sophistication and discreet luxury featuring graceful contrasts in materiality and tone. With historical inspirations from art, architecture and craft we’ve translated these traditional impressions to modern expressions. The base of the tray is hand-cast in an alloy of zinc and copper after which it is abrased and polished in preparation for the inlay. Using fine chisels the pattern is engraved and the silver is deftly inlaid on to the base of the tray employing a technique known as 'Tarkashi'. With its palette of black and silver, the Agra Bidri Tray is distinguished for its simple design, clean lines and refined elegance.
The Agra Bidri tray features delicate strands of pure silver inlaid on to a solid dark zinc base. With a minimal approach, juxtaposing clean lines with bold shapes, the tray is entirely hand-made using complex techniques that require precision, care and control. The matte black finish of the zinc offsets the gleaming silver creating a graceful contrast.
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