Filigree, the exquisite technique of crafting precious metal wires into ornamental designs can be traced back 5000 years to Mesopotamia. Owing to the common influence and origin, Greek and Indian filigree till date, display similar patterns and processes.
This age old, yet contemporary craft involves the silversmith crimping thin strips of fine silver into zig-zag patterns and loops using it to fill up the ground of designs formed by thicker silver strips. These strips and fine silver are then deftly soldered, carefully avoiding the trellis-like Filigree pattern. Traditional motifs of the flora and fauna are popular; however, the versatility of the art is not restricted by tradition. The art has been extensively extended from jewellery to making other ornate objects. Cuttack in Orissa and Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh are the key centers of Filigree work in India.