Brassware is quite popular among handicrafts due to its great aesthetic value and the unique shine and attraction. Moreover, items made of Brass is considered ideal by Hindus for spiritual and divine purposes. These are also being made increasingly for utility purposes too, while some prefer gifting them as souvenirs and to decorate the interiors of coffee shops, art galleries etc. Budithi village in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh has earned great popularity for creating some of the most splendid brassware items.
Art of Making Budithi
Here, the local community is engaged in creating really stunning Brassware, which is made using a special technique from alloys. The shapes of the Brassware made in Budithi village vary greatly and they range from elegantly modern items to very traditional and charming brassware. This art form practiced here is also reflected in the traditional utensils used mainly for cooking and other contemporary artefacts such as planters and pots. The articles are all made of brass. The objects feature many geometrical shapes with curves as well as straight lines forming simple yet striking presentations that are. Some artists also make use of the floral patterns, for an extra element of decoration to the attractive artefacts. The artisans are highly skilled in creating the right mix of alloys.
The art of making brassware objects has been practiced here for a long time and there is active encouragement by the State Government, as a result of which the art has gained a lot of popularity.The antiqueand also modern styles used in this form of art is considered mesmerizing for art enthusiasts. Budithi Brassware art is characterized by the slender necks, which carries an elegant charm and the exquisitely shaped artifacts are quite attractive. There are flower pots, Utensils, planters and many decoration pieces available in this art form. The artisans using this brassware also create bells for temples, various sized lampsetc.
It has been registered as one of the geographical indication handicraft from the state of Andhra Pradesh as per Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. With more awareness regarding traditional handicrafts, Budithi brassware has been receiving a lot of encouragement from customers, which is contributing for more demand.