Yes, the term Cholan refers to the most successful Emperor of Chola Dynasty, the Great Raja Raja Chola I. To commemorate his greatness, popularity and legacy the name Cholan Arts has been coined.
Cholan Arts is the place where one can revisit the Indian Spiritual Arena which is holistically reflected in every artifact present in the galley. Amidst all, the bronze statues are the signature products of Cholan Arts which you find in other places very rarely.
At the outset, bronze statue sounds to be very common indeed. But bronze statues manufactured at Cholan Arts follow the centuries old tradition of Lost Wax Technology.
The mechanism of making bronze statues existed during Chola Dynasty, somewhere around 2000 years ago, is the Lost Wax tradition, where replica of a statue is never possible. Lost Wax Tradition is a boutique mechanism and every statue is unique on its own. The same technology is followed to the letter in Cholan Arts while making every statue.
Lost Wax Tradition originated from the time of Cholas when they ruled major part of India. The philanthropic nature of Chola Emperors revived every temple across the regions and new statues were installed. All the statues were made by using this Lost Wax tradition and even today you can find these statues in all the temples especially in South India.
At the outset, the method of Lost Wax Tradition greatly involves the artisans who have been creating these masterpieces across generations. Without any formal training on mathematics or technology, the team of artisans in Cholan Arts make these brilliant designs which is indeed an unbelievable one.
The artisans make use of Eerkili or the midribs of Coconut leaves and create the skeleton of the statue proposed to make. The measurements absolutely goes with experience and no devices are used for this, which itself is quite amazing.
Bees wax models with proportionate lines and divisions are made using the skeleton planned with eerkili. These models are also completely hand-made which comes out with accurate propositions drawn from the measurements of Eerkili ribs.
The most significant part of this Lost Wax Tradition is making an Embryo. The beewax models are covered with a special type of clay sand, normally found only in the regions of Cauvery Delta. The plastered prototypes are let to dry for a couple of days. As this plastering holds the beeswax prototype model of beeswax, it is aptly named as Embryo. The article contains a small hole at the bottom which makes everything to fall in place.
The embryo is also let dry for couple of days. And on one fine evening, the process of melting the five metals required to make a Panchaloha statue commences. The boiling temperatures are monitored by the artisans and once it reaches the desired level, the cauldron is taken to the place where the embryos in the upside down position are arranged in a row. It will be a bunch of thrilling moments when the melted alloys are poured into the hole in each embryo. The term Lost Wax can be perfectly correlated at this stage when the beeswax mould inside Embryo melts and only the hollow design is left out. The embryo is then removed carefully and the statue is then adorned as planned.
Normally it will take 15 days to one month to complete a bronze statue. Based on the orders we receive, customization can take few more days to achieve the accurate finishing on all aspects.
Though Cholan Arts deal with ethnic artifacts and spiritually valued items, the Panchaloha statues impresses anyone with their innate design and accurate finishing.
The statues of Gods and Goddesses from Hinduism and Buddhism can make your ambience at home or office highly aesthetic blended with ethnicity.