Pembarthi is a small, quaint village in Telangana state of India (earlier Andhra Pradesh) at about 80 km from Hyderabad. It is located in Warangal district known for its unmatched brassware tradition. This village is solely recognized for it. It is also regarded as the brass work center of India. Not only Indians but people from different parts of the world come to purchase the Pembarthi crafts. This town also exports Pembarthi metal crafts and brass wares to many foreign countries.
This meticulous art work flourished during the reign of Kakatiyas empire. Kakatiyas widely used sheet metal art to adorn chariots and temples. But it lost its significance and glory with the collapse of the empire. However, it was during the rule of Nizams of Hyderabad when the brass work got back its lost glory.
History suggests that people used to show their creativity and talents by carving on stones. These carvings were then seen in temples. With the introduction of brass, many people started using and experimenting with it. These crafts can be seen in the form of commemoratives, prize shields, and wall plaques. Initially, the people of Pembarthi made more figures of deities and Koranic carvings but now they have shifted to more modernized products and basically décor ones. The designs usually consist of boxes, candle stands, and show pieces.
This art is done by the expert craftsmen who carve the design with fine instruments and they just follow the lines. When this process is done they just remove the lac and white paper and then the sheet is subjected to finer carvings. Artisans also use buffing machines which help in finishing the art.
It even received the prestigious geographical indication, April 2010 – March 2011, an honor for the craft. Pembarthi crafts are available in various styles, sizes, and designs. Purchasers can buy them at most cost- effective rates between Rs. 50 to Rs. 20,000.