The ancient craft of Dokra (cireperdue, or lost wax) metal casting was once widespread throughout India, but is now restricted to a small number of groups of traditional artisans. Bikna village, 5 km from Bankura, is the center of this restricted craft in eastern India. The ‘Dokra’ artisans are descendants of artists who migrated from Madhya Pradesh, and now only 36 families are left with this rare skill of ‘Dokra’ making. The main hallmark of the‘Dokra’ craft is primitive simplicity, charming folk motifs, rustic beauty and imaginative designs. A visit to Bikna will enrich you about this ancient art form and the beauty of it.