Heritage of Orissa

Exquisite handicrafts of a tradition are on display in the City


Orissa is a treasure trove of exquisite handicraft and traditional art forms, a rich legacy of an ancient culture. Evolved slowly and gradually through disciplined efforts of generations, Orissa handicrafts have retained their seasoned traditional values along with the freshness and charm of their own. Beauty and utility combine in their crafts.

Dedicated labour of the artisans scattered all over the State has made Orissa a fabulous market of souvenirs and mementoes. Varieties are many — stone work, silver filigree, wood craft, appliqué work, brass and bell metal work, dhokra castings, horn work, pata paintings, papier mache, terracotta, tie-and dye-textile in cotton, tussar and silk and a lot more. Stemming from centuries of exquisite craftsmanship, they are a colourful testimony to the integral life force of the people.

The handicrafts of Orissa are interesting like the appliqué works of Pipili or Pattachitras and Papier Mache masks of Puri; silver filigree jewellery and golden grass mats of Cuttack or Kataki and Ikkat saree of Cuttack and Sambalpur, Dhokra and clay toys of Mayurbhanj, Barapali, lacquer work of Nawangapur, horn work of Parlakhemundi and the flexible brass fish of Ganjam.

Each handicraft exudes a charm and originality of its own and pristine beauty that remained untouched by time. The beauty and charm of Orissa handicrafts mirrors a heritage. For details, call 09677013513.

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