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Pembarthi Metal Crafts

Pembarthi village in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh, about 100 kms from Hyderabad, is the hometown of this art.

The village is famed worldwide for its unmatched brassware tradition. This meticulous brass work art flourished during the reign of Kakatiyas empire.

During the Kakatiya rule, sheet metal work adorned the chariots of the kings and noblemen and the idols of the Gods. With the increasing number of temples during the Kakatiya rule the Pembarthi sheet metal work reached the peak of its popularity.

With the decline of the Kakatiya kingdom, the subsequent Muslim influences resulted in the entry of the sheet metal wares into the house holds in the forms of 'Pandans' (small boxes for carrying beetle nuts), 'Itar' pots (scent containers), vases, hanging metal lamps, plaques etc. The following years saw a mixture of both the cultures in Pembarthi articles. The art wore a secular look.

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