Dokra Craft: An Art Form That Needs To Be Kept Alive Dhokra Damar, a tribe native to West Bengal have been the finest metal-casters in India since ancient times. While the craft is predominant in Bengal, states such as Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh too are centres of the craft.
Dhokra is a non–ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique.The tribal communities in the Indian states of Orissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal carry on the traditional Dhokra craft methods, using the “lost wax technique”. This process involves twelve stages of preparation, and threads made of beeswax form the intricate designs. The wax melts when the hot metal is poured inside the clay mold, and the metal sculpture is formed. Consequently, one mould produces just one artifact.
This sort of metal casting has been used in India for over 4,000 years and is still used.
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