Dhokra Art

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  • December 29, 2022
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Context: Lalbazar, on the boundary with Jharkhand, is becoming a hub for  dokra metalcraft, thanks to an artist from Kolkata who made this once nondescript village his second home four years ago.

About Dhokra Art:

  • It is a metalcraft popular in Bengal.
  • Its documented history is about 5,000 years old.
  • In its original form, no painting or polishing is done.
  • Most Dhokra artefacts are human or animal figurines.

Complex in making process:

  • Making Dhokra art is a difficult process.
  • Each figurine takes about a month to make.
  • There are many processes involved, for which seven to eight varieties of clay is required, apart from other raw materials.

Source:   The Hindu

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following pairs:

Historical place             Well-known for

  1. Burzahom                      Rock-cut shrines
  2. Chandraketugarh        Terracotta art
  3. Ganeshwar                   Copper artefacts

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched? (2021)

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2
  3. 3 only
  4. 2 and 3

Q.2) Consider the following pairs:

Crafts                        Heritage of

  1. Puthukkuli shawls             Tamil Nadu
  2. Sujni embroidery              Maharashtra
  3. Uppada Jamdani saris     Karnataka

Which of the pairs given above is /are correct? (2018)

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2
  3. 3 only
  4. 2 and 3


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