The lost wax work or Dhokra and its creative expressions have mesmerised people down centuries. Living on the edge of extinction, a highly skilled lot continue this tradition, creating the magic with their hands. What you see here, you won't find elsewhere in the world. All natural, biodegradable and eco friendly for the love of our planet. Upon smelting metal scrap the artisans make a clay core which resembles the imagined end product. The core is then wrapped with thin threads drawn from bees wax and blended with resin, extracted from the Sal tree (Shorea robusta). This is coated again with clay to form the positive mould. On firing the mould, the wax melts and in its place the molten metal is cast leaving its unique threaded appearance. In the boon docks somewhere, near a village called Pipli in Odisha, this tribal community of less than 15 families harness their creative skills to create the splendour of their passion. Living hand to mouth, all they do is this, waiting for someone to find them. Pick one of them, if not for anything else, for the love of their passionate labour; it would make them live another day.
Material: Copper and Brass
Dimensions: 4 cm diameter
Weight: 10 g
All products are made by local artisans and are genuine in their claim of their intrinsic materials, be it silver, oxidised silver/German silver, precious/semi-precious stones, seeds, beads. Any variants are merely acts of omission as each product is hand-made and therefore not standard, making it virtually impossible for any standard verification. While Soil of India has studied in depth the source and its authenticity, customers may purchase items based on the guidelines listed above.
Store in a dry place wrapped in muslin or soft cotton with moisture trapping agents. Avoid washing directly under water, though wiping with a moist paper towel and air drying before storing is recommended. Always check for any reactions upon wearing jewellery directly on an exposed area. The reactions vary largely from person to person.