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DHOKRA

Bell Metal or Dhokra is one of the earliest known method of metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique. This craft dates back to pre-historic time of Harrappa and Mohenjodaro period of 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. Artwork is done with hand, without any advancement of technology. A wide variety of designs and styles in Dhokra crafts/arts inspired by varied cultures of different Indian states make excellent decorative pieces.