Traditional Dhokra Crafts from Tribals of Chhattisgarh, India
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1. Woman of the household powder and sieve the black
clay or kali maati
2. The clay is kneaded with rice husk
3. A composite mould is made by applying layers of
soil soil mixes and drying it in the sun.
4. Thin strands of bees wax are extruded through a
PICHKI with the help of a THASSA
5. The strands of bees wax emerging from the PICHKI
6. The mould is coated with the sticky juice of the
leaves of green beans called SEM.
7. The clay mould is wrapped completely with wax
8. Thick and thin strands are used to create
embellishments. A wooden spatula is used to flatten the strands so as to
smoothen the background and highlights the decoration.
9. The mould is covered with a layer of clay, sawdust
and charcoal. On drying a second layer of clay is applied and then a
final layer of DENGUR clay and rice husk
10. The mould is baked at 1100 Degrees Celsius. This
melts the wax and creates a fine cavity between the layers of clay
11. Metal is melted and pored into the cavity. The
molten metal flows through the space and takes on the impression of the
walls of the clay mould
12. The mould is allowed to cool for two to three
hours and is frequently sprinkled to with water, This hastens the
cooling process and softens the mould for breaking.
13. The mould is broken, followed by filling and
brushing of the artifact.
14. Finished product after polishing and buffing is
ready to display.
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