The Dhokra Painting represents a fusion between diverse forms of tribal art. The traditional woman of the tribe made auspicious drawing of their mother goddess ‘Palghat’ on the walls of the dwellings. The two figures depicted in the product are shown in motion, as if dancing. The use of brass in the artwork makes it durable and attractive. The brass work is framed with a handcrafted wooden frame. The use of contrasting colors in the wooden frame highlights the work. The art on the frame is called Warli art.
This can be a great piece to adorn the entrance of your home. The wall hanging can also be placed on the wall of your living room or bedroom, according to your taste.
Dhokra Art is being used in India since the time of Harappa and Mohenjodaro.
Now-a-days this art is mainly prevalent in Central and Eastern India mostly in the states of Orissa, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
A non ferrous metal, mostly- Brass is used for making the products. The technique used to make the products is called lost wax metal casting wherein;-
a. Firstly a basic mould is prepared using sand and rice husk
b. The mould is layered with cow dunk and sea side soil.
c. On the other side wax along with oil, incense stick and a few other ingredients is melted.
d. After heating this wax comes to such a state that it can be easily moulded with hand.
e. Strings, like noodles are made out of the above wax.
f. These strings, are used for designing on moulds.(As scene in the pis above)
g. After designing, the mould is again layered with sand mixture.
f. It is then kept in the furnace and melted brass is poured into it.
g. After cooling the upper layer of sand is broken to get the final metal product.
Now a days Dhokra Art is used to make human and animal figurines, god idols, candle stands, diyas, pendants, bowls, door handles and many other decorative products.
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