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The Timeless Beauty of Dhokra Art: Exploring India’s Tribal Culture and Craftsmanship

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ॐ श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः ॐ श्री शिवानन्दाय नमः ॐ श्री चिदानन्दाय नमःॐ श्री दुर्गायै नमः 

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Cute Images of Dhokra Tribal Art, are scattered throughout the following brief write-up. These are the lovely, thought-provoking creations of our brilliant Indian craftsmen – the unsung heroes & heroines of India.

Dhokra Craft is the earliest known method of non-ferrous metal casting known to human civilization.

The name Dhokra or Dokra was initially used to indicate a group of nomadic craftsmen, and is now generically applied to a variety of beautifully shaped and decorated brass-ware products, created by the lost wax process of ancient India.   

In India, these Dhokra Craftsmen are clustered in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal. Dhokra Craft is made by different communities in India like the Situlias, Ghantaras, Thataries, Ghasis, Bathudis and other professional Dhokra workers. 

The Dhokras use Lost-Wax Process of ancient India to create these cute & awe-inspiring  images. This technique was used for making everything from jewelry to vessels to images of gods, goddesses, animals and birds.

The Dhokra Craftsmen went from tribe to tribe, making their ceremonial and religious figures, ornaments and kitchenware.

Dhokra is non–ferrous metal casting craft, that has been used in India for over 4,000 years and is still being used. One of the earliest known lost-wax artifact is the dancing girl of Mohenjo-daro.

The products of Dhokra artisans are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of their extremely cute, primitive simplicity & enchanting folk motifs. Dhokra horses, elephants, peacocks, owls, religious images, measuring bowls, and lamp caskets etc., are highly popular around the globe.


Dhokra Damar tribes are the traditional metal-smiths of West Bengal. Their technique of lost-wax casting is named after their tribe, hence Dhokra metal casting.

The tribe extends from Jharkhand to West Bengal and Orissa ; members are distant cousins of the Indian State of Chhattisgarh Dhokras.

A few hundred years ago, the Dhokras of Central and Eastern India traveled towards South India, as far as Kerala and towards North India, as far as Rajasthan, and hence are now found all over India. 

Dhokra or Dokra Craft from around Santiniketan, in West Bengal, is also very popular. 

More information on the Dhokra Crafts of India, with web-links to the sources of the following images of this beautiful craft-form of culturally rich India, will follow soon.

Stay tuned, & please don’t miss the fun & joy of exploring some of these awe-inspiring, mesmerizing & thought-provoking arts, crafts & sculptures of the timeless, ageless, vibrant land of the glorious Bharatavarsha (India).

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