Handicraft(Art and Culture)
In the tribal arts of India, the traditional tribal Bastar art is famou around all over the world. This art is practised by tribals of Bastar region of India and is known throughout the world for their unique art works. The tribal communities of Bastar have been protecting this rare art from generation to generation, but in the absence of publicity it is restricted to weekly haat and markets . This art is made by conventional tools rather than using the modern excellent machines. Bastar art can be divided mainly into woodwork, bamboo art, soil art, and metal arts. Wood art works are mainly used in wooden material to make Bastar culture, festivals, creatures of gods, statues of gods and goddesses and decorations. Bamboo art is made with bamboo sheets, chairs, living room, table, baskets, mat and home furnishings are made. In soil art, the statues of goddesses, decorative utensils, vases, pots, and household furnishings are made. In the metal arts, artifacts of copper and tin mixed metal are made, mainly in which statues of goddesses, idols of worship, idols of tribal culture, and home furnishings are made.
Bastar district is almost covered with forests. The large population and different tribal communities present in India resides in this region only. The Wall of Bastar Crafts attract the attention of art enthusiasts and connoisseurs all over the world. Bastar artifacts generally reflect the rural lifestyle of the tribal community.
These home decor wall hangings profiles of different style and sizes have now caught the attention of the world of arts and crafts and hence find eager buyers worldwide.The Bastar district specializes in the preparation of items from the Dhokra Handicraft. This process calls for a great deal of precision and skill. The artifacts prepared from Dhokra technique of this art use the cow dung, paddy husk and red soil in the preparation, beeswax being the most important one. Apart from contouring, wax wires are also used for decoration purpose and for giving a finishing touch to artifacts. From the Bell Metal Handicraft of Chhattisgarh in India, the real genius and creative faculty of the artisans come into picture and thus make for some of the most wonderful pieces of art.The Dhokra and Bell Metal Handicraft can be found all over the world but the way in which the artisans of Chhattisgarh carve the things by the impression of their sheer dexterity is worth watching.