Wrought Iron couple in love (Jhitku Mitki) Small

Material: Wrought Iron

Craft: Bastar/ Patva Art

Place: Chattishgarh, India

Color:  Black & Silver

Measurements:  Length - 24" x Height - 8" x Width - 8"

Product weight: 4000 grams

Special Attention:  Handcrafted Village Craft. Please Allow For Minor Crafting Defects.

Product Care: Wipe with a clean, damp cloth

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The figure represents a couple who were in love, popularly known as Jhitku Mitki in the region. According to local stories:

'Mitki' was the sister of seven brothers of a 'Gond' family that lived in Newta Bandha village. As part of the tradition, her brother 'Lamsena' brought a youth 'Jhitku' to home for marrying 'Mitki'. Both fell in love but one day her brothers dreamt that the Goddess was demanding sacrifice. On not finding anyone, they sacrificed 'Jhitku'. 'Mitki' could not bear the separation and took her life.

Poet Jogendra Mahapatra Jogi said tribals believe that their 'mannats (desires)' get fulfilled by worshipping 'Jhitku Mitki'.

A unique tradition to honor lover couples is popularly practiced by 'Gond' tribals in Chhattisgarh, akin to modern-day Valentine's Day celebrations.

Under this tradition, lover couple 'Jhitku Mitki' -- popular in tribal folklore -- is worshipped. Not only this, 'Gharwa' artisans carve out characters from this love story that is in demand not just in metropolitan cities but also abroad.

At present, sculptures of 'Jhitku Mitki' are increasing the grandeur of museums and embassies in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand besides other places.

According to popular folklore in Bastar, 'Mitki' was the only sister of seven brothers of a 'Gond' family that lived in Newta Bandha village. As part of the tradition, her brother 'Lamsena' brought a youth 'Jhitku' to home for marrying 'Mitki'.

Both fell in love but one day her brothers dreamt that the Goddess was demanding sacrifice. On not finding anyone, they sacrificed 'Jhitku'. 'Mitki' could not bear the separation and took her life.

Poet Jogendra Mahapatra Jogi said tribals believe that their 'mannats (desires)' get fulfilled by worshipping 'Jhitku Mitki'.

'Mitki' is also regarded as the deity 'Gapa Gosai'. 'Jhitku Mitki' is worshipped as 'Dokra Dokri' in some places of Bastar.

Somaruram Baghel, a 'Gharwa' artisan, who had been carving sculptures for the past 45 years, said he had learned the art from his father, who had narrated the story of 'Jhitku Mitki' to him.

Meera Thakur, a sculptor who had exhibited her craft at 'Suraj Kund' and other places in the country, said several people come to get sculptures of 'Jhitku Mitki' after listening to their stories.

Dimension(hxlxb) = 24x 8x 8 inch

Wrought Iron handicraft is also known as “Pitva Art “, an Ancient tribal art form, made by a very small Tribal community of Bastar, Chhattisgarh. They use mostly waste or left-out Iron pieces, cut them manually by chisel and hammer, and heat them with charcoal. Mostly all the human and animal figures are made of a single piece of sheet by manual hammering work of a hot metal piece. To make a joint they use Rivets. NO Welding machine, cutting machine, mold are used to make an artifact and that makes it a true handicraft. When you touch and feel the product you can see the hard work behind each and every piece.

After making, each and every piece is treated with Red oxide to avoid Rust in the future and then 3 layers of oil paint (Mat Finish) are done to finish the product. For the maintenance, in the long run, we recommend gently clean it with Cotton and oil. Each and every piece will last for a lifetime.

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Material
Wrought Iron
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Bastra Tribal Art
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