Handcrafted opera dokra necklace. Beaded strings of dokra have been aesthetically put together by twisting and braiding technique.
This collection has been made using a 4000-year-old technique known as the lost wax metal casting. Which also gives the collection it's special coil-like appearance, which is infact from the rolled wax used as the mould. Wear your piece of tradition today.
About Master Artisan:
After 13 long years in the corporate banking sector, I decided to take a break. Handicrafts were one area always spiked my interest, so I travelled around Orissa learning about various art forms visiting craft clusters and meeting artisans. I learned two facts that became the foundation of all my future efforts. First, many of these beautiful crafts and art forms were barely sustaining, and second if they fetched unfair prices for the artisans involved. I saw that while dokra jewellery, artefacts were sold at high prices in the export or domestic market, the artisans barely scraped by living in mud huts, thatched roofs struggling for their next meal. Since then I have been working to address these problems. My moto has been carved around my learnings from my travel, authentic products at fair prices that help the artisans survive and thus, in turn, sustains the craft.
Dokra being a community-based craft, we are associated with multiple artisan families in various villages Bharpada, Dhenkanal in Orissa. This 4000 year old craft often calls upon the entire family being dedicated to the various stages and processes. Sanathan and his family is one such artisan family from Dhekanal village. Sanathan and his brother are the master artisans, while their wives help in cleaning and polishing stages.
Dokra bead necklace red
Handmade dokra bead, Embroidery thread