Dhokra Craft indicates variety of
beautifully shaped and decorated brassware products created by the lost
wax process. Dhokras indicate group of nomadic craftsmen who use lost-wax
process to cast hollow brass objects and images. Dhokra Craft is the
method of non-ferrous metal casting. In India, these craftsmen are
clustered in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal.
The technique of Dhokra is "Cire Perdue" or lost wax process in
which metal, mainly brass, scrap is used. The Dhokra craftsmen went from
tribe to tribe making their ceremonial and religious figures, ornaments
and kitchenware. Dhokra group of tribal craftsmen give us a timeless
heritage of beautifully shaped and ornamented products of cast metals.
Bengal shares the folk art of Dhokrainitially practiced by a nomadic
clan along with many other states.