Bikna is a village close to Bankura town where 65 artisan families practise the primitive Dokra art form. Dokra is the art of smelting figurines through the near extinct process of “lost wax casting”. The craft is characterised by primitive simplicity, rustic beauty, imaginative designs and patterns making it a coveted collector’s item. Their art has been passed on through generations; their skills and aesthetics are inborn and imbibed from their forefathers.
Department of Micro, Small &Medium Enterprises & Textiles (MSME&T), Govt. of West Bengal, in collaboration with UNESCO has developed Rural Craft Hub in Bikna. The village has its own Community Museum in their Resource Centre constructed by West Bangal Khadi & Village industries Board. There is facility for guests and visitors to stay in the Resource Centre.
Enjoy a sneak peek into the lives of the creators of exquisite pieces with a one on one interaction. Experience the craft making process. Witness the master pieces at the Community Museum. Like every year a 3 day village festival Dokra Mela along with a folk festival was held at Bikna on 30 September – 2 October, 2016 promoting community led heritage tourism.
Nearest railway station in Bankura. Bikna is 15 minutes from Bankura railway station. It is about 4.5 hours drive from kolkata.
One can enjoy stay at the Community Resource Centre with well furnished lodging facilities along with basic amenities that are available for the guests. There are lodges at Bankura too.
The crafts persons of Bikna are organised under the Bankura Bikna Hastajata Dokra Kutir Shilpa Kalyan Samity. The society has a two storied building having a workshed at the ground floor and two furnished rooms with attached bath in the 1st floor where guests can stay during their visit. At the entrance there are 4 sales counters from where one can purchase dokra products. Office room and Community Museum are also present. Witness the master pieces at the Community Museum.
The Dokra artists of Bikna celebrate a village fair called Dokra Mela at every year in November. This year the festival will be celebrated on November 3 to 5, 2017 at Bikna.