Indian tribal art
The tribes, practising 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, both common and banal, but also most important for the life of the family. The everyday is magnified in Dokra art: honoring the sacred is not reduced to practicing rituals, venerating deities, spirits (even if this is essential): it also consists in magnifying everyday tasks, those which seem insignificant but which, if carried out in full consciousness then consecrates the divine in all its aspects.
The artist has chosen to adorn this woman with numerous necklaces and a beautiful headdress with a typical bun.
The expression is simple to touch us to the heart.