Developed in the 14th century C.E. during the rule of the Bahmani Sultans, Bidriware is a metal handicraft from the city of Bidar in Karnataka. Bidriware techniques and style are influenced by Persian art.

Bidriware is made from cast white brass (copper-zinc ratio of 1:16). the craftsman uses small chisels to engrave the design over the freehand etching. Fine wire or flattened strips of pure silver are then carefully hammered into these grooves. The signature black patina comes from using a particular type of clay found at Bidar fort. There are several techniques employed in making of bidriware, Tarkashi, Tainishan , Zarnishan , Zarbuland, Aftabi/Mehtabi.