Aesthetic Dhokra Decorative Pieces Added to the Tribes India Collection
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History & Culture
22nd Dec, 2020
- Exquisite Dhokra products from different tribes of India were among the main items added in its 7thedition of “From Our Home to your Home” campaign on Tribes India.
What are the Dhokra Products?
- Dhokra is a form of ancient bell metal craft practiced by the Ojha metal smiths living in states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana.
- However, the style and also the workmanship of this artisan community varies in different states.
- Dhokra is a non-ferrous metal casting style.
- It uses the lost-wax technique.
- This style of metal casting has been in vogue in all parts of India for centuries.
- The dhokra products reflect the simplicity and motifs of tribal and folk life.
What is about From Our Home to your Home campaign?
- It focusses on sourcing new, natural, attractive as well as immunity-boosting tribal products and bringing them to the customer.
What is the lost wax technique?
- There are two process of lost wax casting.
- The first one is Solid casting which is the method followed in the South and hollow casting, practiced in other states.
- The hollow casting method makes use of clay core method, treated as the traditional method.
- In this process, firstly the hollow casting is used for making a clay core that would define the way the object is created.
- The core is further filled with bee’s wax and resin etc. This wax is further shaped while finer details are made with proper embellishments.
- The wax is replaced next by molten brass, gold, bronze or silver which is left for hardening inside the mould.
- The mould is subsequently chipped away for retrieving the object inside.
- Finally it is polished and the finished product is put on display.