From the Heartland

by Shatika, March 10, 2016

The state of Chhattishgarh is famous for its sturdy silk – Kosa Silk and art work. The silk is coloured in all hues and is either woven or embroidered. The sarees are masterpieces. Kosa silk is known for its comfort. The Koshti people in Madhya Pradesh. Bilaspur, Champa and Raigarh are major centres of Kosa silk production. The Dewangan community has been doing this work for ages. The motifs used in the silk sarees are taken from life and the forest. It has created a niche in India and abroad.


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. It has maintained its essence despite changes of dynasties owing to its integrity and the traditional tribal people of Bastar. The Artwork is done with hand. They do not attempt to dominate or outwit the natural forces. But have learn’t to live in harmony with them. All available natural resources are utilized to its optimum. They live a simple life just like any tribal establishment in the deep forests.


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