ABOUT THE PROCESS
– The BELL METAL or DHOKRA is one of the earliest known methods of metal casting.
– This craft dates back to the pre-historic times of Harappa and Mohenjodaro period of the Indus 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 of traditional tribal people of BASTAR, Chhattisgarh, INDIA by more than 10,000 traditional tribals.
– Artwork is done by 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 used by the tribal people of BASTAR, from Chhattisgarh over the last 200 years.
– They do not attempt to dominate or outwit the natural forces. But have learned to live in harmony with them.
– All available natural resources are utilized to their optimum potential.