ORISSA HANDICRAFTS : The Inspiring Craftsmanship

An Invitation to Mesmerizing Land of Art & Culture…

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HANDICRAFTS OF ORISSA are stunning in their craftsmanship as they are mesmerizing in their simplicity and beauty. Having an ancient tradition of making splendid pieces of art by hands Oriya artists have long been presenting their awe inspiring master pieces to the world. Easily available in the local markets of Orissa, do not let the chance of grabbing some of the handicrafts as souvenirs slip by, on your tour to Orissa. There are a lot of handicrafts that have been running as the life force in the cultural land of Orissa. Some of which include- Patta Chitra, Sand Art, Metal Work, Silver Filigree, Stone Carving and making Puppets and Masks etc..

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APPLIQUE WORK OF PIPLI is also known as Pipli work, besides its French name, the handicraft is created by sewing on patches of colored clothes onto a large canvas also made of cloth. Quite distinct from patchwork, the resultant effect of pure bold colors in floral and animal shapes emerging from a background of contrasting color is breathtaking in the simplicity of the colorful collage. Though exclusively practiced in Pipli, this popular handicraft is also sewn together by equally skilled professionals in the district of Khallikote, Parlakhemundi and Boudh. The appliqué work that you can purchase on your tour to Orissa range from the items crafted in traditional forms, such as chanduas (canopies), chhati (umbrella), Tarasa, Jhalar (frill) and Batua (pouch) that are used in religious functions, to the more popular UMBRELLAS, BAGS, LADIES HAND BAGS, WALL HANGINGS, LAMP SHADES, BE COVERS, PILLOW COVERS, LETTER HOLDERS etc.

PATTA CHITRAS are miniature paintings, used as wall hangings with religious themes as their subject matter. Legends from the lives of Lord Krishna are mainly depicted on this specially treated cloth known as Patta. These pattas are carried back home by pilgrims to Puri as precious mementos. Practiced widely in Raghurajpur and Dandshahi villages at the outskirts of Puri, these pattas have become synonymous to the place.

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This implies carving a sand sculpture with just clean and fine-grained sand mixed with water. STONE CARVINGS are one of the traditional crafts of Orissa. The craftsmen of of the state who are engaged in stone carvings have a rich lineage. Some of these works are the renowned temples of Jagannath, Lingaraj, Konark, Khiching and Rajarani. These temples exhibit some highly skilled Orissa stone works. The wide variety of stone works of Orissa produced in Bhubaneswar, Puri, Lalitagiri and Khiching are very much in demand. Both decorative and functional items are created by the stone carvers of these places. Different types of containers made up of kochila stone, sandstone, nilagiri stone, soap stone, kendumundi stone, serpentine stone and soft stone.

The WOOD CARVINGS of Orissa exhibit a perfect blend of classical and folk elements. The wood items of the place are meant both for decorative and functional. The specialty of the wood items of this place is the wide range of colors, gloss and polish. The most common types of wood used for making these items are Gambhari, Teak and Piasal. Some of the most popular wood articles are various figurines of alphabets, animals,bowls and boxes. A variety of images of gods and goddesses are also carved out of wood by the wood carvers of Orissa. The flower vases, bowls, jugs, and vermilion boxes of Puri and Khandapara, toys of Baragarh and Puri and a variety of wood articles of Dhenkanal are some of the most well known wood works of the place.

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BRASS AND BELL METAL work, especially the dhokra variety, is practiced by the Kansaris, Sithulias, Kantilo and Balkati tribes and is also available for you to see on tours to Puri, Cuttack, Ganjam and Sambalpur districts. The PIFA style of metal work that involves continuous beatings is best exemplified in the cooking utensils such as tumblers, plates, cooking vessels etc. BRASS CASTING, practiced by Kansaris, can be bought in the form of idols like Radha, Krishna, Laxmi, Ganesha, Vishnu and Gurundi Gopal. Bells, lamp stands and lamps are the other popular brass casting items that you want to at least have a look at on your tour to Orissa. Items in DHOKRA CASTING such as animals, human heads, kings, miniature replicas, images of Lord Ganesh and Durga also make for popular souvenirs on tours to Orissa. Combs, pen stands, decorative figures and cigar pipes in HORN WORK; terracotta figures and small cane boxes in LACQUER WORK; decorative items in PAPIER MASCHE; TRIBAL COMBS and STONE AND WOOD CARVED ITEMS are some other handicrafts of Orissa that are popular with tourists for their finesse and superiority of design and artwork.

SILVER FILIGREE of Orissa is unparalleled in its excellence of design and intrinsic energy. Especially a must see on tours to Cuttack, silver filigree work involves fine threads of silver worked into an assortment of shapes and patterns. Ornaments in silver filigree are a must buy on your tour to Orissa. When the thin blade of silver will caress your bare neck and cling to your ears, you will experience such harmony of spirit, which is attainable only by a yoga or ayurveda sessions.

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HOW TO COVER ALL: ‘K7 Holidays’ can be able to book your transportation and package according to the nos of visitors with budget and Luxury category transportation. One can take the Special Promotional Handicraft Orissa Tour package which also includes other itineraries like Textile Orissa Tour.

Kalinga Mahotsav Orissa

Kalinga Mahotsav Orissa


One Response to “ORISSA HANDICRAFTS : The Inspiring Craftsmanship”

  1. nicole says:

    beautiful your handicraft

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