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This wrought-iron relo dance set brings ecstasy to the atmosphere. Five dancers joined from the waist, are trying to match each other’s steps, representing harmony and unity of mind. May this tiny piece of their heritage always keep the unity of mind alive in your home.
Ever wondered why most of the tribal dances have dancers wound together - either from the waist or hand-in-hand? They move together in circles, taking each step together. That’s because dance itself represents a feeling of community for the tribal folk. There’s no question of anybody dancing alone because, well, you don’t do life alone. That’s the underlying idea behind each of the tribal dances of the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. It is not easy to form a human chain joined from the waist. However, the tribal men and women live and do life together, any one family’s loss is another’s loss, and any one person’s gain is everybody’s gain. So when they come together in such interwoven group dances, they dance in unison and harmony because of the common spirit of community guiding their hearts and minds.
The Wrought Iron Ancient crafting Technique
Can there be any better definition of evolution than a community that once crafted tools and weapons from metal, and now crafts art? The Bastar region of Chhattisgarh is one of the richest areas in terms of iron ore deposits. The Gond and Maria tribal communities began using iron for agriculture, jungle-cutting tools, arrowheads, and knives for hunting. Their skill evolved with time into a unique wrought iron craft also known as ‘Pitva Art’. Artisans mostly use iron scrape, cut it manually by chisel and hammer, and heat it with charcoal. Many handicrafts are created through a single piece of sheet by manual hammering work of a hot metal piece. To make a joint, they use rivets. No welding machine, cutting machine, or mold is used.
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Dimension: 5 x 3 x 2 inch Weight : 0.25 KG
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