Lalbazar, on the boundary with Jharkhand, is becoming a hub for dokra metal-craft.

 

About Dokra Metal Crafts

  • 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 or Dokra, is also known as bell metal craft.
  • Its documented history is about 5,000 years old.
  • Making dokra art is a difficult process. Each figurine takes about a month to make.
  • Dokra artifacts are mainly made in brass and are highly unique wherein the pieces do not have any form of joints. The whole object is fully handcrafted.
  • The traditional designs are considered highly aesthetic in nature and a collector’s delight.

 

What is the process?

  • There are many processes involved, for which seven to eight varieties of clay is required, apart from other raw material.
  • The method of making Dokra is done by combining the metallurgical skills with that of the lost wax technique.
  • The handicrafts are known for combining the metallurgical skills with wax technique for making artefacts of distinctive look and beauty.
  • The lost wax technique is a distinct form where the mould is used only once and broken, which makes the figure one of its kind in the handicraft market.
  • 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.