Dhokra Damar, is a native tribe of West Bengal which has been known for their metal casting techniques since medieval times. The art of Dokra ages back to 4000 years and some of its traces were even seen in the ruins of Mohenjadaro. Although a very traditional art, the finesse of the craft is an evidence of the true craftsmanship that these metal casters had imbibed within them for generations. While the craft is mostly associated with Bengal, its adaptations and influences are also seen in the craft of various states like Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
Dorkra artists use a specialized technique which is known as Cire Perdue to cast the metal. This technique is further categorized into Hollow casting and Solid casting. While the process of creating Dokra forms of art is detailed and intricate, it is also believed that the Dokra artist would require hours of meditation before they get the image of the sculpture they want to create, instilled in their minds.
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