Located about 200 km from Kolkata, the quaint village of Bikna is the crafts hub of the state. It is best known for dokra artefacts that have been made here since the last 150 years. Bikna has become a centre of dokra artists and their habitation is called Shilpadanga. Dokra, the art of lost wax metal casting, is now practiced only by a few artisans who are limited to this tiny village. Their ancestors originally migrated from Madhya Pradesh. There is a total of 36 families who know this craft which uses folk motifs in simple designs to create decor items of rare charm. 


Bikna lies in close proximity to Bankura that is noted for its beautiful terracotta horses, characterised by their erect and long necks.

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