Dariyapur is a village located close to Guskara in Bardhaman. The artisan families migrated from Odisha 120 years back and presently there are 133 artisans who practise the Dokra craft form as their chief source of income. This is an ancient technique of production of non-ferrous metal ware by the lost wax casting (cire perdue) process. The artisans follow the process which is believed to be 5000 years old and their outstanding characteristic is that they don’t polish their work after casting and this gives the pieces a peerless quality. Tribal figures, animals, deities along with jewellery are the primary focus on dokra artworks of this area.
Department of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises & Textiles (MSME&T), Govt. of West Bengal, in collaboration with UNESCO has developed Rural Craft Hub in Dariyapur. A Community Museum is built by West Bangal Khadi & Village industries Board to showcase Dokra tradition. Visitors can stay in the Resource Centre in Dariyapur.
Dariyapur Dokra Artisans' Co-operative Industrial Society Ltd. organises an annual village fair, which is being celebrated this year on Oct 13-15, 2017. Know More »
The nearest railway station to Dariyapur is Guskara (4 kms) and a train from Kolkata to Guskara takes 2 hours. By road, Guskara is about 3.5 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 Guskara too.
The crafts persons of Dariyapur are organised under the Dariyapur Dokra Artisan Co-operative Industrial Society Ltd. The society has a two storied building having a workshed, office room, sales counter and community museum space at the ground floor. In the first floor the building has two furnished rooms with attached bath where guests can stay during their visit.
The Dokra artists of Dariyapur celebrate their annual festival in the month of October. This year the festival will take place on October 13 - 15, 2017. This year people can enjoy Jhumur songs and dances, Bhatiyali songs, Baul songs and Chau dances along with the wonderful display of Dokra pieces.