Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The black raw forms of those Iron metal of Chattisgarh without doubt describes the reflection of its own people. It shares a nubbiness that describes in bold the quite elegance and dignity of this state.

An interesting variation of a form of iron-smithy that was used originally to make agricultural implements, iron artefacts are created by the lohars  are now being recycled to prepare those beautiful crafts whose value can only be realized once seen by own eyes and would appreciate the work even more once we see those crafts men work on these objects defining their shapes into a object of art.
The method of production is simple. Metal is made malleable  by beating it in furnaces, and then shaping it carefully into basic form using bammer and tongs. Tongs of various sizes are used to bend the metal to form the palms, fingers and feet of the figurines. The eyes, nose, tattoo are then chiseled and hammered  out; and clothes and the decorative elements are made separately and attached .

What amazes me about this craft is the fact that no joints of any kind appear in the products. On completion, a coating of varnish is applied, to enhance its luster. The forms of the hunters, farmers, musicians, animals are all generally made from a single piece of iron, giving them a unique quality. You can have various usable objects like ashtray or an candle stand with in a form of art.

Not only that other likable things like Lamps; effigies of musicians; toy animals like lions, monkeys, and deer; an assortment of figurines and deities; and ritualistic objects like Jhaari and Laman Diya typify the product range.Some of the commonly made objects also include Aadivasi musicians playing the Muhri(Trumpet), Dhapra (Daphli), Tudbudi(Nagada) and the three string sitara, Khutdiya with peacocks, monkeys, lions, deers which are dedicated at weddings and the jhaari of the bhudi goddess. The laman diya is one of the most popular items in wrought iron.


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