Wrought Iron Craft of Bastar

Wrought Iron Craft of Bastar

Bastar Iron Craft (also known as "Wrought iron craft of Bastar") is a traditional Indian iron craft that is manufactured in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh state, India. The iron-crafting work has been protected under the geographical indication (GI) of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. It is listed at item 82 as "Bastar Iron Craft" of the GI Act 1999 of the Government registration confirmed by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks.


One of the most special and oldest craft styles in the Bastar region is Lohshilp or wrought iron craft. Despite its simplistic nature, it has an aesthetic attraction. The art originated from the culture of ironmongers who used to make farming and hunting tools for tribes. The craft has grown beautifully into an art form over the years and so has its worldwide demand.


The iron craft skill is passed from generation to generation in the Bastar region. Some tribal communities are experts in iron craftwork and many of them became iron-smiths. Among many communities, Gondi and Maria are notable for the traditional iron-crafting.

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