The Bell Metal or Dhokra is one of the earliest known method of metal casting. This craft dates back to pre-historic time of Harrappa and Mohenjodaro period of Indus Civilization. Dhokra metal casting is perhaps the only living tradition of metal image making in Eastern India. The technique has managed to survive many centuries and change of dynasties owing to its modesty of application in everyday lives if traditional tribal people of BASTAR, Chhattisgarh, INDIA by more than 10,000 traditional tribals.
Artwork is done with hand, without any advancement of technology.
The unique 13 stage process of DHOKRA/BELL METAL making is the original creative instinct of the craft persons, which is a beautiful amalgation of art and science. A wide variety of designs and styles in Dhokra Crafts/Arts inspired by the varied cultures of the different Indian states make excellent decorative pieces. Such products like Nandi, Horse, Elephant, Ganesha, Candle holder, Candle stand are ethnic in design and specific in patterns.