The Bankura Horse figurine is one of the most popular folk motifs used by the Dhokra Damar tribes of West Bengal. It is a symbol of Indian folk art. The product of dhokra artisans are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form.
The slender neck of the horse adds to the beauty. The use of parallel and spiral patterns adorn the body of the Bankura Horse.The Bankura Horse is a must have to add to your collection of folk art. The product is of superior quality and is highly durable.
Dhokra Art is being used in India since the time of Harappa and Mohenjodaro.
Now-a-days this art is mainly prevalent in Central and Eastern India mostly in the states of Orissa, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
A non ferrous metal, mostly- Brass is used for making the products. The technique used to make the products is called lost wax metal casting wherein;-
a. Firstly a basic mould is prepared using sand and rice husk
b. The mould is layered with cow dunk and sea side soil.
c. On the other side wax along with oil, incense stick and a few other ingredients is melted.
d. After heating this wax comes to such a state that it can be easily moulded with hand.
e. Strings, like noodles are made out of the above wax.
f. These strings, are used for designing on moulds.(As scene in the pis above)
g. After designing, the mould is again layered with sand mixture.
f. It is then kept in the furnace and melted brass is poured into it.
g. After cooling the upper layer of sand is broken to get the final metal product.
Now a days Dhokra Art is used to make human and animal figurines, god idols, candle stands, diyas, pendants, bowls, door handles and many other decorative products.
Disclaimer : The product is handmade thus the actual product that you receive might slightly differ from the product shown here.