Andhra Pradesh has a rich tradition in handicrafts, with
techniques of craftsmanship handed down from generation to
Bidri is a metal craft. It derived its name from Bidar, the
hometown of this exquisite craft. The basic material used is
alloy of zinc, oxidised and intricately inlaid with silver.
This famous art can be traced back to the Kakatiyas. Decorative,
beautifully painted wooden articles like furniture, bowls, lamps,
ashtrays, boxes are typical Nirmalware.
Himroo is a distinctive, luxurious fabric, once used as dress
material by the nobles, with a cotton base and silk or art silk
weave, made into stoles, gowns and furnishings.
The name Kalamkari is derived from the word
kalam which means a pen, the tool used in
this craft. Kalamkari is hand-painting with vegetable-dyes. Only
four basic colours are used to depict scenes from mythology.
These colourful puppets are made from buffalo hide, bleached and
tinted with local paints. The most popular figures are the heroes
and villains from mythology.
The Pearls from Hyderabad
The art of creating articles of jewellery has been perfected by
the artisans of Hyderabad from the days of the Golconda Kingdom.
Hyderabad today, is the largest pearl centre of India.
Andhra Pradesh, has an age-old tradition of hand-woven fabrics.
Silk and Cotton sarees from Pochampalli, Venkatagiri, Siddipet,
Gadwal, Narayanpet and Dharmavaram are a house hold name through