Bidriware is a metal handicraft from Bidar developed in the 14th century C.E. during the rule of the Bahamani Sultans. The term 'Bidriware' originates from Bidar, which is still the chief centre for the manufacture of the unique metalware. Bidriware is an important export handicraft of India and is prized as a symbol of wealth. The metal used is a blackened alloy of zinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver. The origin of Bidriware is usually attributed to the Bahamani sultans who ruled Bidar in the 14th–15th centuries. Bidriware originated in ancient Persia. It was brought to India by the followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.