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Our entire collections are 100% hand-crafted and designed by finest artisans, having a good sense of traditional arts and style. They are exclusive and beyond comparison.

It is well known fact that all tribal craft are based by concept and by process, which does no harm to its heritage and environment. In fact by rituals and by folklore of this craft they communicate with there upcoming generation to keep them as necessary tradition. All these have survived for centuries. This is main reason that world wide all tribal artworks are more pronounce than handicrafts of other region.

A wide variety of designs and styles of Dhokra Crafts/Arts make it excellent decorative pieces. We are specialized in providing specific styles of your choice also. Such products like Nandi, Horse, Elephant, Ganesha, Candle Holder, Candle Stand, Ethnic, Traditional, Decorative, Gift, Handmade , Handicraft are ethnic in design and specific in patterns.

With a rich heritage, profound professionalism and experience & expertise in the trade, we are all set to create a niche for ourselves in the world market.

 

Bell Metal Process

 

The traditional lost wax technique is simple and ideal for use in tribal settings. The craftsman begins by winding a slim thread of wax over the contours of a clay core . It is then thickly coated with fine clay obtained from termite bills, and baked on drying, leaving a narrow vent to melt away the wax. The vacuum created between the core and the clay layer is filled with molten metal, which is then allowed to cool down and solidify. The moment that follows is loaded with anticipation, for it is then that the outer clay mould is cracked open, revealing the beauty of the final sculpture. Simple as this whole process seems, it requires great precision and skill. The metal must be able to flow uniformly and freely through the narrow spaces, and replace the wax without forming any bubbles or gaps.

Cow dung, paddy husk and red soil are also used in the manufacture of DHOKRA artifacts. However, of all the raw materials used by the GHADWAS, the most important is beeswax. Besides the essential contouring, wax wires and pieces are also used because of its extraordinary high plastic content and pliability, generating a rudimentary but powerful stimulus for the intensive design and faculties of the artisans.

Examples of the lost wax casting (also known as 'cire perdue') are found across the globe, but the coiled thread technique is unique to Bastar, Chhattisgarh. A glance at the traditional baskets provides a clue to its origin. The basket makers would wind grass around a rope, which was then coiled into shape. The same technique was translated into metal only much later, which forest dwellers being dependent on natural product long before they began to use metal. Metal anklets with basket weave motifs, and beautiful containers reminiscent of wicker baskets also point towards such a transition.

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Bell Metal - The Craft

 

The BELL METAL or DHOKRA is one of the earliest known method of metal casting. This craft dates back to pre-historic time of Harappa and Mohenjodaro period of Indus Valley Civilization.

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 amalgamation of art and science.

The ancient art of cire-perdue or lost wax thread method of metal casting is still practiced by the tribal people of BASTAR, from Chhattisgarh over 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 casting of DHOKRA/BELL METAL 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 to the castings.

Earlier craftsmen used to create only traditional ritualistic items and decorative pieces but now with new design inputs, there has been a lot of product diversification, resulting in numerous innovative utility items like door handles, lamp shades, hangers, boxes, pen stands, bottle openers etc. More than 10,000 unique traditional designs have been developed and are continuously increasing.

 

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