The tribes, practicing the Dokra art, originate from the Bastar district, in South India (today located in the state of Chattisgarh), they emigrated several centuries before and settled almost everywhere in India from North to South.
Most have kept their tradition (culinary art, dress, parties ...) and their animist religion.
This tribal Indian art has not changed for millennia (more than 4000 years) and the technique used is always that of lost wax: a coarse clay model is made and then covered with wax by the artist who will give it its final form with its details. The whole is again covered with a clay mixture and then heated in an open hearth where a copper alloy will be poured. Visit my Blog.
Objects produced by Dokra artists can be of a usual nature: cup, candle holder ... musical instruments (brass), or artistic such as jewelry, animals: horses, elephants, turtles ..., statues of men and women representing scenes of daily life and Hindu deities adopted by the tribes: Ganesh, Lakshmi, ...
Scene of daily life representing a pregnant tribal woman coming back from fishing: on the left side, she carries her young child on the waist while her right hand keeps a container filled with fish on her balance!
The effort must be intense, yet a strange grace
emerges from this statuette. The silhouette is of great finesse, slender: the well rounded belly, instead of weighing down, gives great stability to this woman.
The facial features are simple, there is no jewelry. The eyes and eyebrows are stretched to the maximum giving an impression of great presence
. The hairstyle is typical with the bun and the headdress based on feathers. A simple pan of the sari allows you to see the garment.
The essential is expressed in a few strokes giving a true impression.