Get this Dhokra Art tortoise for your home décor to add an air of elegance to your living room. The Dhokra Art on this Tortoise is done by traditional metal smiths of the Dhokra tribe. The patterns all over the tortoise are painstaking made by the expert craftsmen.
You can keep this Tortoise as a table décor and can also include it in your show piece collection. It can also be kept at your office desktop and used as a fashionable paper weight. It can also be a wonderful gift item.
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.