Bell Metal (Dhokra):
The BELL METAL or DHOKRA is one of the earliest
known method of metal casting. This craft dates back to
pre-historic time of Harrappa and Mohenjodaro period of Indus
Dhokra metal casting is perhaps the only living
tradition of metal image making in Eastern India. The technique
has managed to survive many centuries and change of dynasties
owing to its modesty of application in everyday lives if
traditional tribal people of BASTAR, Chhattisgarh, INDIA by more
than 10,000 traditional tribals.
Artwork is done with hand, without any
advancement of technology.
The unique 13 stage process of DHOKRA/BELL METAL
making is the original creative instinct of the craft persons,
which is a beautiful amalgation of art and science.
The ancient art of cire-perdue or lost wax
thread method of metal casting is still used by the tribal
people of BASTAR, from Chhattisgarh over a last 200 years. They
do not attempt to dominate or outwit the natural forces. But
have learnt to live in harmony with them. All available natural
resources are utilized to their optimum potential.
The DHOKRA/BELL METAL castings of figurines and
different animals with their antique look, fits in with interior
decor. DHOKRA/BELL METAL is an alloy of brass, nickel and zinc
that gives an antique effects of the castings.
Earlier craftsmen used to create only
traditional ritualistic items and decorative pieces but now with
new designs inputs, there has been a lot of product
diversification, resulting in numerous innovative utility items
like door handles, lamp shades, hangers, boxes and caskets of
different shapes and sizes. More than 10,000 unique old
tradition and new design products are available right now and