Chhattisgarh’s Ocher Studio is helping to preserve India’s 4,000-year-old craft- Dhokra Shilpkala
- Dhokra Shilpkala is believed to be derived from the Dhokra Damar tribes, who are the traditional metal smiths of Central India.
- The origins of Dhokra Shilpkala can be traced back to the tribal communities residing in the regions of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha, where it evolved as an integral part of their cultural and religious practices.
- It uses echnique of metal casting, which involves using the lost wax casting method, also known as cire perdue.
- Its design has rustic charm and the organic nature of its designs.
- Artisans draw inspiration from nature, mythology, and everyday life, incorporating motifs such as animals, birds, deities, and tribal symbols into their creations.
- From miniature figurines and jewellery to larger-than-life sculptures and functional objects, Dhokra Shilpkala encompasses a wide range of artistic expressions.