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Somnath Karmakar

  • Dokra metal craft Saraswati idol
    Dokra Metal craft, Saraswati idol, Brass metal artefact, Handcrafted, Gift option, Wedding Gift, Diwali Gift, Decoration piece
    Original price ₹645.00 - Original price ₹645.00
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    ₹670.00
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    Current price ₹670.00

    Symphony, Dokra Figurine of Goddess Saraswati

    Somnath Karmakar

    Welcome home the goddess of knowledge with a virtuous desire to seek wisdom and joy. Truly ageless, Dokra craft is named after the Dhokra Damar tri...

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    Original price ₹645.00 - Original price ₹645.00
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    ₹670.00
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  • Dokra Showpiece Tortoise Figurine - TVAMI
    Dokra Showpiece Tortoise Figurine - TVAMI
    Original price ₹1,030.00 - Original price ₹1,030.00
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    ₹1,080.00
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    Current price ₹1,080.00

    Dokra Tortoise Brass Figurine

    Somnath Karmakar

    A piece that shall garner praise from art connoisseurs, this Dokra tortoise figurine can become one of your cherished collectibles. Handcrafted in ...

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    Original price ₹1,030.00 - Original price ₹1,030.00
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    ₹1,080.00
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    ₹320.00
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    Current price ₹320.00

    Dokra Handcrafted brass earrings

    Somnath Karmakar

    Heirloom Jewellery in timeless Dokhra art of West Bengal. Simple and yet elegant. This statement piece has been handcrafted using the lost wax cast...

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    Original price ₹295.00 - Original price ₹295.00
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    ₹795.00
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    Dokra Handcrafted Napkin Holder with Butterfly Motif

    Somnath Karmakar

    This thoughtfully designed napkin holder handcrafted in wood, carries a beautifully detailed butterfly motif. One of the more classic patterns of a...

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    Original price ₹770.00 - Original price ₹770.00
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    Mayur, Dokra Peacock Shaped Diya

    Somnath Karmakar

    This beautiful peacock-shaped brass metal diya is a classic piece of Dokra. The ageless craft is named after the Dhokra Damar tribe – the tradition...

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    Original price ₹730.00 - Original price ₹730.00
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    ₹755.00
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  • Dokra artefact
    Dokra metal craft pilsuj diya and candle holder
    Original price ₹2,285.00 - Original price ₹2,285.00
    Original price ₹2,285.00
    ₹2,335.00
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    Current price ₹2,335.00

    Elevate, Dokra ‘Pilsuj’ Candle Holder

    Somnath Karmakar

    This beautiful candle holder or diya stand handcrafted in brass is adorned with intricate jali work. The artisan’s take on the traditional pilsuj, ...

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    Original price ₹2,285.00 - Original price ₹2,285.00
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    ₹2,335.00
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  • Dokra craft gift
    Dokra metal craft wall hanging floral tea light candle holder
    Original price ₹1,175.00 - Original price ₹1,175.00
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    ₹1,225.00
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    Captivate, Dokra Tea Light Candle Holder with Floral Elements

    Somnath Karmakar

    This intricately detailed wall hanging tea light candle holder draws inspiration from a rose bud and is ornated with beautiful jali work along with...

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    Original price ₹1,175.00 - Original price ₹1,175.00
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  • Dokra metal craft Lakshmi idol
    Dokra Metal craft, Lakshmi idol, Brass metal artefact, Handcrafted, Gift option, Wedding Gift, Diwali Gift, Decoration Piece
    Original price ₹645.00 - Original price ₹645.00
    Original price ₹645.00
    ₹670.00
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    Prosperity, Dokra Figurine of Goddess Lakshmi

    Somnath Karmakar

    Welcome home the goddess of wealth to be enriched with history, traditions and more. Truly ageless, Dokra craft is named after the Dhokra Damar tri...

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    Original price ₹645.00 - Original price ₹645.00
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  • Dokra showpiece, Dokra artifact, Krishna figurine, Dokra Krishna figurine, brass alloy figurine. Metal alloy figurine, metal Krishna figurine, engraved art, historic Indian Art, Traditional Indian Craft, handicraft, handmade, traditional Indian handicraft,home decor, showpiece, Odissa crafts, Jharkhand crafts, West Bengal crafts, Dwariapor crafts, Adilabad crafts, Mohenjo-Daro crafts, Dhokra showpiece, Dhokra artifact, Krishna figurine, Dhokra Krishna figurine, Indian tribal art,
    Dokra showpiece, Dokra artifact, Krishna figurine, Dokra Krishna figurine, brass alloy figurine. Metal alloy figurine, metal Krishna figurine, engraved art, historic Indian Art, Traditional Indian Craft, handicraft, handmade, traditional Indian handicraft,home decor, showpiece, Odissa crafts, Jharkhand crafts, West Bengal crafts, Dwariapor crafts, Adilabad crafts, Mohenjo-Daro crafts, Dhokra showpiece, Dhokra artifact, Krishna figurine, Dhokra Krishna figurine, Indian tribal art,
    Original price ₹620.00 - Original price ₹620.00
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    Dokra Krishna Brass Figurine

    Somnath Karmakar

    This admirable figurine of Lord Krishna is handcrafted in brass and reflects the artisan's fine skills and devotion. Dokra is named after the Dhokr...

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    Original price ₹620.00 - Original price ₹620.00
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    Current price ₹320.00

    Dokra Handcrafted brass earrings

    Somnath Karmakar

    Heirloom Jewellery in timeless Dokhra art of West Bengal. Simple and yet elegant. This statement piece has been handcrafted using the lost wax cast...

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    Original price ₹295.00 - Original price ₹295.00
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    Dokra Handcrafted brass pendant

    Somnath Karmakar

    Heirloom Jewellery in timeless Dokhra art of West Bengal. Simple and yet elegant. This statement piece has been handcrafted using the lost wax cast...

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    Original price ₹745.00 - Original price ₹745.00
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    ₹560.00
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    Current price ₹560.00

    Dokra Handcrafted brass earrings

    Somnath Karmakar

    Heirloom Jewellery in timeless Dokhra art of West Bengal. Simple and yet elegant. This statement piece has been handcrafted using the lost wax cast...

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    Original price ₹535.00 - Original price ₹535.00
    Original price ₹535.00
    ₹560.00
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    Original price ₹535.00 - Original price ₹535.00
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    ₹560.00
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    Current price ₹560.00

    Dokra Handcrafted brass pendant

    Somnath Karmakar

    Heirloom Jewellery in timeless Dokhra art of West Bengal. Simple and yet elegant. This statement piece has been handcrafted using the lost wax cast...

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    Original price ₹535.00 - Original price ₹535.00
    Original price ₹535.00
    ₹560.00
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  • Dokra artefact
    Dokra metal craft elephant shaped diya
    Original price ₹730.00 - Original price ₹730.00
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    Majestic, Dokra Elephant Shaped Diya

    Somnath Karmakar

    This gorgeous diya in the form of a majestic elephant has been adorned with beautiful pattern work. Surely one to turn heads, it shall be a befitti...

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    Original price ₹730.00 - Original price ₹730.00
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  • Dokra artefact
    Dokra metal craft wall hanging leaf tea light candle holder
    Original price ₹865.00 - Original price ₹865.00
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    Essence, Dokra Leaf Shaped Hanging Tea Light Candle Holder

    Somnath Karmakar

    This beautifully detailed wall hanging tea light candle holder in the shape of a leaf shall be a perfect addition to your graceful home. This elega...

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    Original price ₹865.00 - Original price ₹865.00
    Original price ₹865.00
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  • Dokra metal craft Candle holder
    Dokra Metal craft, Candle stand, Tea light candle holder, Brass metal artefact, Handcrafted, Gift option, Wedding Gift, Diwali Gift , Decoration piece, Christmas Gift
    Original price ₹1,620.00 - Original price ₹1,620.00
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    ₹1,670.00
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    Opulence, Dokra Candle Holder

    Somnath Karmakar

    Drawing inspiration from the ever-enchanting moon for shape and design, this candle holder has been handcrafted in brass. The gorgeous candle holde...

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    Original price ₹1,620.00 - Original price ₹1,620.00
    Original price ₹1,620.00
    ₹1,670.00
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  • Dokra artefact
    Dokra Metal craft, Ganesha idol, Brass metal artefact, Handcrafted, Gift option, Wedding Gift, Diwali Gift
    Original price ₹645.00 - Original price ₹645.00
    Original price ₹645.00
    ₹670.00
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    Current price ₹670.00

    Felicity, Dokra Figurine of Lord Ganesha

    Somnath Karmakar

    Welcome home the god of wisdom to be blessed by divinity and history together. Truly ageless, Dokra craft is named after the Dhokra Damar tribe, th...

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    Original price ₹645.00 - Original price ₹645.00
    Original price ₹645.00
    ₹670.00
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    Current price ₹670.00
  • Dokra Showpiece Deer Figurine - TVAMI
    Dokra Showpiece Deer Figurine - TVAMI
    Original price ₹1,245.00 - Original price ₹1,245.00
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    ₹1,295.00
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    Dokra Brass Deer Showpiece

    Somnath Karmakar

    The magnificent antlered deer gracefully represented in a vintage Dokra showpiece. Dokra is named after the Dhokra Damar tribe, the traditional met...

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    Original price ₹1,245.00 - Original price ₹1,245.00
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  • Dokra Showpiece Farmer Couple Figurine - TVAMI
    Dokra Showpiece Farmer Couple Figurine - TVAMI
    Original price ₹975.00 - Original price ₹975.00
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    ₹1,025.00
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    Dokra Farmer Couple Brass Figurine

    Somnath Karmakar

    This beautiful Dokra figurine of a farmer couple made in brass reflects the unwavering spirit of our agrarian community. Dokra is named after the D...

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    Original price ₹975.00 - Original price ₹975.00
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  • Dokra showpiece, Dokra artifact, fish seller figurine, Dokra fish seller figurine, brass alloy figurine. Metal alloy figurine, metal fish seller figurine, Dokra fisherman figurine, Dokra fisherwoman figurine, engraved art, historic Indian Art, Traditional Indian Craft, handicraft, handmade, traditional Indian handicraft, showpiece, human showpiece, Dhokra showpiece, Dhokra artifact, fish seller figurine, Dhokra fish seller figurine, Indian tribal art,
    Dokra showpiece, Dokra artifact, fish seller figurine, Dokra fish seller figurine, brass alloy figurine. Metal alloy figurine, metal fish seller figurine, Dokra fisherman figurine, Dokra fisherwoman figurine, engraved art, historic Indian Art, Traditional Indian Craft, handicraft, handmade, traditional Indian handicraft, showpiece, human showpiece, Dhokra showpiece, Dhokra artifact, fish seller figurine, Dhokra fish seller figurine, Indian tribal art,
    Original price ₹490.00 - Original price ₹490.00
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    Dokra Fish Seller Brass Figurine

    Somnath Karmakar

    The inimitable skill-set of our Dokra artisans stands out in this figurine of a fish seller that masterfully depicts Indian history and culture. Do...

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  • Dokra Showpiece Girl Carrying Barrel - TVAMI
    Dokra Showpiece Girl Carrying Barrel - TVAMI
    Original price ₹1,155.00 - Original price ₹1,155.00
    Original price ₹1,155.00
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    Dokra Girl Carrying Barrel Brass Figurine

    Somnath Karmakar

    This handcrafted Dokra showpiece denotes intricacy yet simplicity in its form, making it a unique collectible. Add to it the rich history of the cr...

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  • Dokra Showpiece Durga Family - TVAMI
    Dokra Showpiece Durga Family - TVAMI
    Original price ₹4,395.00 - Original price ₹4,395.00
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    Dokra Goddess Durga Family Brass Figurine

    Somnath Karmakar

    Symbolising love and blissful togetherness, this meticulously handcrafted showpiece of Goddess Durga and her family also reflects the craft's rich ...

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    The Tribal Women - Handcrafted Dokra T-Light Holder

    Somnath Karmakar

    Made using the traditional lost wax casting unique to West Bengal, this T-light holder in dokhra with a wooden base is a beautiful accessory for yo...

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    The Vilonist - Handcrafted Dokra T-Light holder

    Somnath Karmakar

    Made using the traditional lost wax casting unique to West Bengal, this T-light holder in dokhra with a wooden base is a beautiful accessory for yo...

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Somnath Karmakar is a member of the Bikna co-operative, a craft hub Shiplagram in Bankura district of Bengal housing nearly eighty-one families. Dokra is a five thousand year old craft.

Bikna is a humble craft village with many kaccha and pukka huts standing next to each other with almost no usable toilets. Members of the cluster share a common workspace. This helps them bond well as a community and pitch in when orders are too large for a single family. The children go to school and join in when they return.

Somnath is a twenty-three-year old man who is well educated and versed with technology and photography. He represents the community in their marketing efforts by sharing images of products and co-ordinating with customers. He confesses a deep fear of contracting the Covid19 virus. “We all live so close together. Social distancing is impossible. Some nights I cannot even sleep properly just thinking about it.”, he confesses.

He explains how each figurine takes 5-7 days to craft, graft, cast, bake, dry and polish. Usually the finest craftsmen make the design first after which the women sculpt the basic structure with mud. The men generally work with fire and complete the steps of casting and baking the idol.

Most of the artists in this cluster concur that the current government has done a lot for them. Even the land they live on was given to them by the government. Their sales take place through annual fairs organized by central and state government, exhibitions facilitated by NGOs, and orders from Biswa Bangla (the government craft shop). Every weekend, the craft village turns in a mini fair with all families displaying their products in the common area so tourists can buy directly from the artisans. This weekly haat is an event that every villager looks forward as the sales are immediate and help them with financial liquidity.

Earlier the mud was sourced from open land and farms but now it must be bought. The price of brass has also gone up. The rise in price of raw materials is not proportional to the growth in selling price of final products. The price of a product is determined by size, weight, and design intricacy of the product.

Their only mode of entertainment is the local news and other programs on regional channels. Although the government provides rations to all the families and some NGOs have also offered support, work has come to a grinding halt. Orders have been cancelled. However, the Biswa Bangla, the government craft emporium, has promised to buy products. Currently only those with working capital are able-to continue their work. There are no direct competitors to the Bikna cluster, but they are planning to work on more innovative finishing techniques to help their urban market grow.

Orders generally come through the year and so no seasonal factors affect demand and supply. Unfortunately, several health problems crop up in the long-term practise of dokra; long hours of sitting leads to eye problems; exposure to fire causes respiratory issues.