Chhattisgarh Hastshilp Vikas Board

Raigarh, Chhattisgarh
MetalsWrought iron work

About Chhattisgarh Hastshilp Vikas Board

"Bastar region of Chattisgarh is one of the richest areas in terms of iron ore deposits. Tribal, particularly Gond and Madia,specialized themselves in extracting iron from the iron ores, thus forming ironsmith communities in the tribe. Their skill evolved with time as well as experimentation with material and technique but the design and process is same with all the artisan in community which also shows the unitedness’. Also, this is one of main source of income for their family."

"Wrought iron craft is one of the most unique and the oldest craft form in Bastar region. It has an aesthetic appeal inspite of its simplistic form. The
art originated from the ironsmith community that used to make farming and hunting implements for tribes. Over the years, the craft has beautifully evolved into an artistic form, and so has its worldwide demand. Wrought iron work is mainly concentrated in Bastar district of Chattisgarh with Kondagaon, Umargaon and Gunagaon
being the main centres. Wrought iron products include Deepak, which is made of many shallow bowls like lamps (diya), bird and animal figures, small diamond shaped leaf like structures and many new forms like masks, hangers, innovative lamps, wall hangings. Also they started painting to gives brightness in the craft. All these are
handcrafted made by the wrought iron artisans."

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