Karimnagar silver filigree derives its name from a town called Karimnagar, district in Andhra Pradesh state. During the 19th and 20th centuries this craft flourished and played a vital role as it was a livelihood for many of the families. Since 19th Century AD, the craftsmen of Karimnagar produced rich intricate trellis made by twisting silver wire, which referred as Jaali. It is believed that silver filigree craft was adopted from Elgandal town near Karimnagar before it moved to Karimnagar town nearly 200 years ago. In the present field research and enquiry in Karimnagar town, it has come to light that this craft was introduced by a widely travelled expert goldsmith, Kadarla Ramayya - resident of Yalagandala (Elgandal) who learned and absorbed this new filigree jewel technique and style.
In local language, filigree is referred to as, Vendi teega pani-silver wirework. Pure silver is melted and moulded into required shapes. The rod like shape silver is shaped as thick wires with the help of automated drawing machine. Two of the thinnest wires are heated and wound around a charkha and flattened again. These are then twisted together and pressed into zigzag patterns around the ribs of the design formed by thicker strips of silver and expertly soldered. The motifs and designs were drawn are inspired by flowers, birds, musical instruments and geometric patterns.