A country is always defined by its rich art and culture. Similarly, our country is known for its rich work in art and culture. And even after centuries, these works of arts and cultures are well preserved and still in practice.
And in today’s article, we are going to be discussing one such art called Dhokra. The Dhokra craft uses a non-ferrous metal casting using the lost wax casting technique. One would be surprised to know that this type of craft sees its origin from 4000 years back and is still in practice. One of the earliest known artefacts made with the Dhokra technique would be of a dancing girl from the Mohenjo-Daro civilisation.
The Dhokra crafted products are still in demand and hence the Dhokra artisans find themselves plenty of work in the domestic and foreign markets. The reason behind it is probably the primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and peaceful form.
The lost wax technique mentioned earlier refers to a process where a duplicate or a replica metal structure which is often silver, gold or brass is cast from the original sculpture. Depending on the sculptor’s skills, intricate works can be achieved by this method. The lost-wax casting method is also known as investment casting or precision casting and also cire perdue in French.
The oldest known examples of this technique are the objects discovered in the cave of the treasure hoard in southern Israel and which belonged to the Catholic period from 4500-3500BC. But traces are also found in China, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria, Central America and many other places.
Coming back to Dhokra, the Dhokra horses, elephants, owls, peacocks, religious images, measuring bowls and lamp caskets are well appreciated all over the world. But most of all the Dhokra jewellery is very famous amongst the women these days.
Women who are looking for something more casual and funky when it comes to jewellery, rather than something heavy and flashy could go for Dhokra jewellery. The Dhokra jewellery goes well for casual as well as traditional events. One can also wear it for daily use. It is very popular amongst college going girls and young working women.
Also, these are very easily available in the market stores. So no one has to worry about how to purchase it or where to go and purchase it. And also unlike other jewellery, the Dhokra jewellery is much cheaper and yet gives a great zing to your outfit.
Apart from Dhokra jewellery, the Dhokra art is very much alive and still flourishing. But in order to keep it going that way, it does need support from its own country people. One can encourage this work of art and buy Dhokra art online.
The internet has a number of online sites that sell such arts and crafts online at a very reasonable price. So, if you are in the mood of house renovation, then you could change your decor style and get something that gives your house a touch of gold!