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Silver Filigree of Karimnagar

State Telangana
district Karimnagar

HISTORY

The roots of Filigree can also be traced back to the Italian and French metalwork from the 17th to 19th centuries. The English word filigree is derived from the Latin word "filum" which means thread and "granum" which means grain that signifies a small bead. Karimnagar region in Telangana is home to many highly skilled artists who practice the delicate craftsmanship called filigree.

Metals Used

Filigree, earlier known as filigrann or filigrane, represents a delicate form of jewelry metalwork, and it is usually made of gold and silver. The pieces of work are accompanied by tiny beads or twisted threads, or both of these in combination. These are soldered together to the surface of the same metal object and arranged in the form of artistic motifs.

Items Created

Artisans are skilled in creating many articles through Silver Filigree such as spoons, cigarette cases, buttons boxes, ashtrays, jewelry, buttons pillboxes, paandans, and also perfume containers.

Design

Artisans create special designs involving peacocks, parrots, and fish which are clearly depicted in the perfume containers.

PROCESS

The artisans of Karimnagar display fine mastery wherein they twist the delicate silver wire into delicate loops. These are knitted in a form of a zigzag pattern which results in an intricate lace-like appearance. Filigree work, which is made using the twisted silver wire ushers a rare charm. The silversmiths crimp the thin strips of fine silver and create loops that are filled with designs formed by thicker and attractive silver strips. These strips and fine silver are further deftly soldered. The versatility of the art is not restricted or limited by tradition.

Tourist Attractions

Located in the northwestern region of Telangana, Karimnagar stands beautifully by the side of River Manair, a tributary of the River Godavari. Having served as the capital during the reign of Nizams, this district still presents the royal touch of bygone eras. There have been many archaeological excavations at places namely Pedda Bonkur, Dhulikatta, and Kotilingalu.

From magnificent forts to the majestic dam to a rich wildlife sanctuary to ancient temples, there is something for everyone. Many monuments such as Nagunur Fort, Elgandal fort, Dhulikatta, Molangur Fort, and Ramagiri Killa offer a glimpse into the historical splendor of this place.

For nature lovers, there is Sivaram Wildlife Sanctuary which boasts of rich flora and fauna. It is known for its crocodiles. The mesmerizing Manair Dam is also one of the popular sightseeing places in Karimnagar.