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, clothing, festivals) and their animist religion.
This traditional and artisanal 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. see 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,...
This woman performs a task, cooking, which is both common and banal, but also one of the most important for the life of the family
. The most comfortable posture in India is sitting in a suit or on the heels, young and old alike have no trouble adopting it through daily practice.
is a large squash that has many assets and is of paramount importance in everyday life: it grows wild and is therefore available very easily.
Of course, it is primarily eaten in the kitchen as food. But many other uses make it particularly interesting: once hollowed out and dried (the harvest is done once a year), it can be used to transport water from the spring or river to the home, to make many handicrafts such as openwork ceiling lights but also traditional musical instruments.
The artist has chosen to adorn this woman with many beautiful jewels
: necklaces, bracelets and earrings as well as a headband. The chignon hairstyle is typical, a feathered headdress adds a festive touch to this scene of everyday life.