Dariyapur village is located close to Guskara in Bardhaman. The village is known for its Dokra artisans. The families had migrated to this place about 120 years back from Odisha. At present, 133 artisans from Dariyapur practise Dokra craft as an occupation.
Dokra is an ancient technique of production of non-ferrous metal ware by the metal casting process. The artisans follow the process which is believed to be 5000 years old to make figurines, animals, deities and jewellery.
Government of West Bengal's Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises & Textiles, in association with UNESCO, has developed Rural Craft Hub at Dariyapur. There is a Community Museum in the village built by WBKVIB for showcasing the Dokra tradition.
Dariyapur is an interesting day tour round the year. Visitors to Santiniketan or Bankura may plan a short detour to experience the ancient Dokra art. The artists’ collective celebrates their annual village fair in mid October.
Guests may enjoy their stay at the Folk Art Centre with all basic lodging and amenities. There are lodges at Guskara too. Visitors can also stay at Bannabagram Baul Ashram or at Tepantar Theatre village.
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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.