The tribes, practicing the art of Dokra, originated from the Bastar district of South India (today located in the state of Chattisgarh), emigrated several centuries ago and settled all over India from North to South.
Most of them have kept their traditions (culinary art, clothing, festivals...) and their animist religion.
Dokra art: a thousand-year-old knowledge in the manufacture of statues
This traditional art and craft has not changed for millennia (more than 4000 years) and the technique used is still that of lost wax: a rough model in clay is made and then covered with wax by the artist who will give it its final shape with its details. The whole is again covered with a clay mixture and then heated in an open hearth where a copper alloy is cast. see Blog
The objects produced by the Dokra artists can be of usual nature: cup, candle holder… musical instruments (brass), or artistic such as jewels, animals: horses, elephants, turtles…, statues of men and women representing scenes of daily life and Hindu deities adopted by the tribes: Ganesh, Lakshmi,...
Standing in a fixed attitude typical of tribal art, dignified and balanced like the pillar.
A necklace, two very discreet earrings.
A simple loincloth, no headdress.
An ax and a dagger, essential tools in the forest.
A scene of daily life that immerses us with simplicity, in the heart of the Indian tribes.