Brass workmanship of Telangana

Handicrafts are made in India in several regions, which have become popular due to the special artefacts and other objects that are created, which are always appealing to buyers. Metal craft is not only one of the finest, but it is also one of Indian’s ancient crafts, dating back to thousands of years. Metal and some of the metal alloys like Bronze & Brass have been used right from the ancient times for making small and large vessels for the purpose of storage or decoration.

Brassware is quite popular as handicrafts made of Brass are considered highly attractive, artistic and they are also attributed religious value by Hindus. In Telangana, popular metal handicrafts using Brass is made in Pembarthi, which is widely known for the its attractive metal art works. The art of Brassware witnessed glory during the period of the Kakatiya dynasty which had spanned for nearly five hundred years in Telangana.

Telangana has a rich history of outstanding workmanship of the Metal workers or the “Vishwakarmas” who create visually delightful brassware. The process of Sheet metal workmanship became popular as it adorned the vigrahas (statues) as well as vahanas (chariots) of several Hindu temples. With great patronage accorded to temples in Kakatiya kingdom, the metal work attracted attention from all over the country.

Since most of the ancient temples in Telangana region were built under the patronage of the Kakatiya rulers, these temples bear the signature style of craftsmen who create excellent items using Brass. The metal craft reached the pinnacle of perfection following the higher degree of skills that were displayed by the master craftsmen. The Vishwakaramas of the region were renowned for their rare skills in this form of metal sculpture and Brassware. It has become an essential artefact in every handiwork exhibition and has also become synonymous with Telangana’s artistic heritage.

There are oil lamps, flower vases, kalasams, urli, harathi holder, hand bell, puja thali, pendants and many other objects created of varied sizes and shapes using Brass which captivate the attention of buyers, for their shine and outstanding look. These are considered pious for divine pujas and other religious rituals in Hinduism, making them more popular among buyers.