The term "Dhokra" is believed to be deriving from the word "dhokna", which means to cast. "Dhokra Shilp" is the regional word for the craft of bell metal casting. It is one of the most distinguished craft of Chattisgarh. It is also famous for its traditional lost wax technique which has been carried forward since thousands of years of its origin. Artifacts similar to the present craft form have been discovered at the sights of Mohenjedaro and Harappa. Dhokra shilp is widely practiced by the Ghadwa community of Bastar. The handcraft includes traditional ornaments, animal and tribal figures, idols of the local deities, which are most popular in the region. Earlier bell metal crafts were used for ritualistic and daily use purposes only. Figurines of local deities in various sizes, lamps and utensils were made. Idol of Danteshwari Mata, most worshipped Goddess by the Gond tribal's of Bastar, was most the common product. Figurines of lovers "Jhitku Mitki", the local legend, are also amongst one of the favorites. Animal figures of horses, elephants and nandi are very popular amongst the craft lovers. Accessories like bell, oil lamps, incense stick holder and utility products like grain containers are the most saleable artifacts. Also intricately decorated necklace, anklet, bracelet and earrings can be seen in the craft market. Traditional ornaments are the most decorative products of Dhokra.
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