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In the heart of the country, lies cocooned, the sylvan state of Chhattisgarh. Blessed with profusely lush forests, gurgling springs and waterfalls, mysterious caves and unusual rock formations, it is home to several culturally rich tribal societies and unique communities. Their long and close association with Nature has culminated in a craft heritage that is inspiring in all its elements. Raw material is sourced entirely from the surrounding environment – dhokra and wrought iron are obtained from recycled scrap, wood and sisal from the neighboring forests and marshes, and terracotta from the riverbeds. Frequent references to local mythology, rituals, religion, and folklore in the exquisite shapes and forms of thee handicrafts reflect the cultural legacy of the people that craft them. There unique quality of rawness in the finish that adds to the rustic appeal of he products. Bastar, Kondagaon, Nagarnar and Raigarh are some of the areas in Chhattisgarh that are known for handicrafts, effectively, the very essence of Chhattisgarh-simplicity and tradition is unveiled in the gamut of artistic expressions of its people.

Survival of the ethnic population is dependent on the unfathomed ways of nature. They seem to instinctively sense the very core of nature, converse with its majestic silence and learn from its ancient wisdom. Nature’s euberance, gaiety and colour with all its subtleits have left an indelible markon their imagination and creativity. They do not attempt to dominate or outwit the natural forces, but they learnt to live in harmony with them. All available natural resources are utlised to their optimum potential. Honed and perfected over the generations almost all objects of daily use surpass their original function and are transformed into objects of great aesthetic value. As a result what has evolved is an indigenous technology that is simple in concept but sophisticated in practice. No where is this more clearly reflected than in the construction of their houses. The fences erected around the house are constructed with bamboo sticks. Pigsties and hen-coops are similarly constructed. The houses themselves are made of mud, branches, bamboos, and thatch, all materials sourced from their immediate environment, and skillfully utilised. 

Bastar’s dhokhra work is certainly the most famous handicraft from this state and its fame has long reached the international stage. However, it will be wrong to think that there is nothing beyond Bastar dhokhrawork in Chhattisgarh. Bastar is only one region  where master craftsmen churn out exquisite handicrafts. There is stone, wood, terracotta, wrought iron, there are paintings and tattoo work, bamboo and sisal work  there is so much that the mind boggles with sheer variety.

 

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