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The abstract forms made in wrought iron could well be worthy to be displayed in an art gallery. The truth is they are far from a gallery setting, these are wrought iron craft objects made by a community in India from the Bastar District, which is in central India. It is called Lohshilp in the local language and is one of the most unique and oldest crafts of the region; which previously used to make farming and hunting implements for tribes.

 

 

The craft is now slowly evolving into an art form, and gaining worldwide recognition. The craftsmen are responding to the present culture and that is reflected in the new forms created.

 

 

The Mother with Umbrella and Child is my favourite piece, the detail of the child’s arm wrapped around the mother, the wide hips of the mother on which the child rests, and the umbrella…

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