Hand made dokra necklace.
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Dokra (ODIA: ଡୋକରା, Bengali: ডোকরা) (also spelt Dhokra) is non–ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique. This sort of metal casting has been used in India for over 4,000 years and is still used. One of the earliest known lost wax artifacts is the dancing girl of Mohenjo-Daro. The product of dokra artisans are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form. Dokra horses, elephants, peacocks, owls, religious images, measuring bowls, and lamp caskets etc., are highly appreciated.
Dokra Damar tribes are the traditional metal smiths of West Bengal. Their technique of lost wax casting is named after their tribe, hence Dokra metal casting. The tribe extends from Jharkhand to West Bengal and Orissa; members are distant cousins of the Chhattisgarh Dhokras. A few hundred years ago the Dokras of Central and Eastern India traveled south as far as Kerala and north as far as Rajasthan and hence are now found all over India. Dhokra or Dokra craft from around Satiniketan, West Bengal, is popular.
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