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Pankaj Kumar Sahu

image Art Form:
Silver Filigree Work

image Home Address:
At-Stoney Road, PO Chandani Chowk, Dist-Cuttafck-753002, Odisha

image Award: National Award - 1994-95

image Note:

Silver filigree is the traditional art of Orissa and claims its origin from the Mughal period in India. The silver filigree work of Cuttack in Orissa is famous all over the world.

Silver filigree is a style, which may be of two types, ornamental and decorative. Its preparation process involves pure silver pieces to be melted in order to make fine silver wires drawn through a wiredrawing machine and then pressed into different shapes. The smaller articles are directly moulded into various designs. For larger ones, smaller components are made and pieced together. Here the main ribs are first fixed, and then the interspaces filled in with delicate tendrils or circular pieces, which give the article its special character. The distinction comes from the contrast of the thick ribs, against the fine granular surfaces, bringing out the exquisite artistry of the design.

The beauty of a silver filigree product lies in faultless setting of the frame and form, the proficiency with which the corrugated wires and strips are symmetrically set in, the fineness of the soldering with which small, isolated pieces are joined together and in appropriate spacing between any two pieces of wire and strips fastened to the frame.

The thread like silver wires are used for making ornaments, hairpins, ear tops, necklaces and other jewellery items and decorative items like boxes, trays, bowls, spoons, pen stands and ashtrays.