Rustic Dhokra Handle Tray




A simple, light-coloured wooden tray gets a functional touch from a Dhokra bell metal handle adorned by two female figurines. Reminiscent of the famous 3,500-year-old Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro, this decorative harks back to an ancient heritage. Dhokra is an exclusively handmade art form that uses only natural substances:wax from the Sal tree, clay, and bell metal.

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Dhokra is a tribe of metalsmiths of West Bengal. The tribe which are still nomads with few settlements now extends from Jharkhand to West Bengal and Orissa to Chhattisgarh Dhokras.

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    Core-making: A clay core is made, slightly smaller than the final intended size of the artefact. Clay used is a mix of two-three clays ? fine clay near the river beds, Clay from the Termite mound or ?Ant Hills? and normal sand. Cow Dung is also used along with rice husk in pre-determined proportions. The core may be hardened by firing or sun-drying.Modelling: A detailed wax model is built up around the core, to the thickness of metal desired in the finished object. Wax is derived from natural pl...

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    Length: 57
    Width: 25.5
    Height: 9
    Type of Material:Bell Metal
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