Brass Artisan and Pottery Village Tour
$60 tour starting at
The brass Artisan and Pottery Village Tour is a charming combination with a visit to Baliati landlord’s palaces. Baliati palaces are one of the last remaining intact terracotta ornamental architectures. Beautiful landscapes, ever-friendly locals, unique lost wax melting and molding technology practiced by the brass artisans, and the live actions of potters makes a complete excursion. Pottery and brass art in Dhamrai has flourished for generations, shaping the local culture and economy. The artisans are highly skilled and make beautiful things. A visit to the primitive pottery and brass culture around Dhamrai and one of the finest Hindu landlord’s palaces in Baliati are the highlights of this trip. Exciting sites, beautiful landscapes, lush vegetation, and cross-cultural interaction make this trip a complete package for an explorer.
The vibrant city of Dhamrai is home to artisans who continue the age-old traditions of metal craft passed down through generations. Here in the predominantly Hindu community of Dhamrai, the tried and tested methods of crafting metal continues. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch brass and bronze being transformed into a wide range of decorative and practical objects, following the traditional lost-wax method technique.
The lost-wax casting method is about 4000 years old. This ancient style is one of the primary methods that use a solid piece of wax to shape the required object, including all its details which are carved into the wax. Then again, it is covered with several fine and soft clay layers, which becomes the mold having the wax object inside. Small holes in the clay drain out the wax when it is baked, and the impression stays inside the clay mold. Losing of wax as it melts during the bake, hence the term ‘lost wax’ came. Melted brass metal is then poured into the clay mold, taking the shape of the sculpted wax. Once the metal has hardened and comes to a normal temperature, the clay mold is carefully removed. The metal item is polished and finished to give it an antique look. It requires a skillful and passionate deal from the beginning until the end to get a beautiful item. Every item might look similar but never the same, even if the same person made it. It is absolutely a freehand artwork for every product, and mold can’t be reused as they have to break it to get the items out. You are welcome to witness the whole process of making various objects at a private crafting place in Dhamrai.
Baliati Palace has over 200 rooms and fascinating ornamental decorations. This is one of the largest and most beautiful Rajbaris (Land lord’s Palace) in Bangladesh, which was built by Zamindar (landlord) Govinda Ram Saha mid-18th century. Ancient brick architecture style buildings have flourished with detailed decorative walls, which is the best example of the rich tradition of those periods.
Nearby the Hindu village Kakran, most villagers are engaged in the pottery trade. The use of clay utensils and pots has been slowly disappearing, posing a threat to these skilled artisans’ traditional livelihood. Still, many families have been struggling to keep this old tradition alive. A short boat trip to reach this village offers a dive through the beautiful landscape behind the urban. Meeting the artisans and their families is ever-welcoming.
- Tour Price
Group Size Per-person price in USD Or in BDT 1 PAX $150.00 15,000.00 2 PAX $89.00 8,900.00 4 PAX $75.00 7,500.00 6+ PAX $60.00 6,000.00 1.2% to 2.5% charges will be applicable while paying by credit card.
- Reserved vehicle and driver
- A knowledgeable English-speaking guide
- A light lunch at a local restaurant
- All entrance fees and necessary permits
- Bottled water, soft drinks, tea seasonal fruits and old Dhaka special snacks
- All rickshaw and boat rides
Personal expenses, gratuities, and any activity not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
DepartureUsually from and to the Diplomatic Zone (Gulshan, Banani and neighbourhood), which can be modified on request.
Departure Time8:00 AM (pickup time may change according to the location of your hotel/ residence)
Return Time5:30 PM or later; depending on your interests and the traffic situation
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, closed shoes, hat. Warm jacket during the winter (November to February). Raincoat/ umbrella during the rainy season (May to August). Full sleeves are always necessary while visiting any religious place, mosque, temple, church or a trip during Ramadan.