Chhattisgarh is known for its distinctive arts and crafts that mirror simplicity and traditions of the state and its people. They are one of the most interesting aspect of the State's offerings. The hand printing is generally done with the natural vegetable dye extracted from ail, found in the forest of Bastar. These fabrics include cotton saris – well-known as Bastar Kosa Saree, dress materials and drapes.
Bastar and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh are known for Dhokra art, wherein bell metal is commonly used to make dull gold figurines. Tribes like ‘Ghadwas’ of Bastar and ‘Jharas’ of Raigarh practice this art form and bring products to life with lost wax technique or hollow casting.
Each piece is custom made and no two pieces can ever be the same. The traditional technique of Dhokra is simple but requires great precision and each product, whether it is created for daily use or spiritual purposes, is intricate and detailed.
One of the most popular crafts of Chhattisgarh, the excellence of Dhokra appeals to travellers from all over the world and this unique craft represents the state internationally.