Dimension :- LxBxH = 13x12x18 inch
Weight :- 2.180 Kg
This Big Dhokra artefact is showing a scene of extracting salphi from the Salphi tree. So what is Salphi here? Salphi is a cold beverage known as desi beer in Bastar. A cut is made at the top of the bark, and an earthen pot I hanged just below the cut. Then the drink is getting collected in that pot for a particular duration. Collecting Salphi is an ingenious process as the one who collects has to climb high. But the hard work is worth it as the person who drinks it enjoys the taste of nature. The people among them are very familiar with the drink, and it is said that there is no means of coming to Bastar when you have not had it. In the dhokra art, the entire scene is shown as a taadi tree and container hanging on it with thread attached to it and a person climbing on the tree.
Dhokra making process has several steps, which include making clay model, giving designs of bee-wax on dried clay, applying two layers of clay on wax design, and creating channels for molten brass. The model is heated, then the inner layer of beeswax melts and escapes through the channels, consequently creating a space in between. This, therefore, acts as a mould. Hot liquid brass is poured into the mould through the channels. It is allowed to cool until the brass completely solidifies. Then the outer mud layer is broken to obtain a brass model. After some final finishing touches, the exquisite Dhokra art is ready!