Dhokra Metal casting: Tribal Art

Dhokra metal-casting uses the lost-wax technique; one of the earliest and most advanced method of metal casting known to human civilization. This unbroken tradition coupled with the intrinsic starkness and vitality of the art form makes Dhokra coveted by collectors.  

Dhokra is comprised mostly of scrap metal, so it’s also eco-friendly!   Dhokra crafts people are settled over a vast tract in the mineral rich central Indian tribal belt (the regions of Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, and parts of Andhra Pradesh). The Dhokra motifs are inspired by indigenous folk culture. There is a primitive simplicity and imaginative use of design and pattern. Untutored in recognized institutions, the artistic talent of the craftsman is instinctively creative. Intuitive innovation evolved over thousands of years.  

The craftsmen combine their understanding of metal  with artistry,which has led to identifying them as artists more  than metal workers.The craftsmen make a clay core which  resembles the end product.This core is wrapped with thin  threads,drawn from beeswax which is mixed with  dhuna, resin, from the Sal tree (Shorea robusta). The object is usually hollow cast  through the lost wax process,a technique said to have a  history that goes back nearly 5000 years in India.The  characteristic feature of dhokra objects is its threaded  appearance.The mould is broken after the object is  cast. Hence,each piece is unique. Unlike the classical tradition of  metal casting the dhokra craftsman gives free rein to his  imagination. Craftsmen extract a mixture of metals from scraps to  make objects of Utilitarian purpose and ritualistic purpose for  tribal communities.

Dhokra Metal casting: Tribal Art

Dhokra Radha Krishna

Dhokra Metalcraft, West Bengal Rs. 700.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, West Bengal
Weight
1550 g

Dhokra Club Box Large

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 2,650.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1450 g

Dhokra Butterfly Hook

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 350.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1450 g

Dhokra Small Tortoise

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 240.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
550 g

Dhokra Design Four Corner Box (Small)

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 1,590.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1450 g

Dhokra Moon Mask

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 390.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1450 g

Dhokra Small Hanging Bell

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 585.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1550 g

Dhokra Hand Bell

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 500.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1550 g

Dhokra Small Laxmi Mask

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 585.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1550 g

Dhokra Tiny Larten

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 870.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1550 g

Dhokra Big Tortoise

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 750.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1550 g

Dhokra Side Sleeping Woman

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 860.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1450 g

Dhokra Elephant Head Shirt Hanger

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 500.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1450 g

Dhokra Snail Hook

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 370.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1200 g

Reading women on Bed

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 670.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1200 g

Dhokra Round Box

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 1,590.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1890 g

Dhokra Elephant Figurine Small

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 420.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1590 g

Dhokra Elephant Box Large

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 1,590.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1690 g

Dhokra Net Fish Pen Stand

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 550.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
1190 g

Dhokra Horse Candle Stand

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 470.00
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Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
960 g

Dhokra Tortoise Candle Stand

Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha Rs. 470.00
Heritage
Dhokra Metalcraft, Odisha
Weight
560 g