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Dokra Metalcraft

Dokra Metalcraft:

Lalbazar is becoming a hub for the famous dokra metalcraft.

  • Two places are famous in West Bengal for dokra work — Bikna in Bankura and Dariyapur in Bardhaman.
  • Dokra is an ancient tradition; its documented history is about 5,000 years
  • Dhokra (also spelt Dokra) is non–ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique. This sort of metal casting has been in use in India for 4,000 years.
  • The product of dhokra artisans is in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of its primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form.
  • Dhokra horses, elephants, peacocks, owls, religious images, measuring bowls, lamp caskets etc., are highly appreciated.