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Dhokra Casting

Dhokra Casting

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Dhokra casting of the “Situlias is another example of Odisha''s metal ware. Dhokra is an alloy of brass, nickel and zinc which emanates antique look. (The wide product range on Dhokra with their antique look goes well with interior decor).
The process of Dhokra casting can be divided into two categories: (i) the hollow method (lost wax, cire-purdue) and (ii) the dense method. In the hollow method, a clay replica is
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Dhokra casting of the “Situlias” is another example of Odisha''s metal ware. Dhokra is an alloy of brass, nickel and zinc which emanates antique look. (The wide product range on Dhokra with their antique look goes well with interior decor).

The process of Dhokra casting can be divided into two categories: (i) the hollow method (lost wax, cire-purdue) and (ii) the dense method. In the hollow method, a clay replica is prepared slightly smaller than the object to be cast. This is the clay core. Once this is burn dry, hand-rolled threads of bee''s wax (now of course substituted by petroleum wax) are applied on the clay-core, till clay is totally covered by wax, and upper surface is uniform. The wax layer is generally very thin to reduce consumption of metal (upto 1.5 mm). Wax is occasionally smoothed out with fingers or warm metal-strip. Further modelling is done in the wax-sheath covered with clay paste (made out of clay, dung, paddy husk and jute-pieces and vegetable paste). The pouring channel has to be left in this second sheath. The design of pouring channel varies from place to place, but everywhere it is to be designed in such a way that molten metal flows smoothly and uniformly. The clay is allowed to dry, and a few coatings are repeated. Then molten metal in a clay pot is poured in to the passage, which flows quickly, cuts into the wax (which is drained of through another channel), filling the empty space left in between clay layers. The whole thing is allowed to cool. Then the outer clay layer is removed with a knife and metal image is taken out. The inside core of earthenware may or may not be removed.


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Handicrafts are part of Odisha's rich cultural heritage. These are mainly works of art and beauty, designed and shaped by hand with creative imagination of craft-persons from time immortal. Odisha was once known as UTKAL a synonym to excellence in the field of arts & crafts. Handicraft and Handloom products were the main stay of maritime trade of Kalinga Empire. Even to-day Odisha handicrafts have a global recognition as objects of great value and beauty. Generations of artisans have worked with superb craftsmanship, innovative techniques and unmatched skill to produce valuable products that carved worldwide identity. Our precious handicrafts are not merely products; they are an integral part of culture, a long heritage link to our glorious past. Recognition of our craft persons at national and International level speaks the excellence of craftsmanship. 129 Master craft persons have got National Award and National Merit Certificate. Three master craft persons have been conferred with Padma award while Shilpi Guru award has been conferred on three reputed craft persons.
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S.K. Nanda

D- 2&3- Industrial Estat
Industrial Estat
Kolkata - 751010, West Bengal, India

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