Lohakam - Metal Casting
Lohakam or iron-craft was used by the blacksmith to make agricultural implements and other items of utility until it became another expressive form of art. Lohakam or the iron-craft is a traditional art used for beautiful objects like lamps, trays, animal figures, etc.
Iron is creatively used by the beating and hammering method to form elegant shapes. In early times and presently in remote villages iron-ore was generally collected from the mountains and liquefied in the Oven or Bhatti over a coal fire to obtain pure iron.
In recent times it is easier to buy iron in the market - already made into sheets and rods. The method of work involves tampering of specially shaped pieces of Loha or iron with a hammer, after the pieces have been softened over a dish of burning coals.