Art & Craft

Explore the Excellent Art and Craft of Odisha

Orissa Tourism brings you the exclusive insight into how the art and craft of Odisha have always created a milestone in India and worldwide. Odisha was previously known as Utkala during the medieval and ancient times. The name “Utkala” itself means the land of pure art and craft. Odisha has always shown its extravagance art and craft and have won many win many hearts around the world. The magic and handwork of the artisans of Odisha can be seen in numerous art and craft. The brilliance and the humble nature of the artist are well reflected in every single art form. Not just in India but around the world tourist get attracted to see this raw art and craft. It boasts many of them to buy and create an interest in them to learn the art and craft of Odisha. 

 

Odisha is famous for its handcrafted Pattachitra, Tala Patra, Handloom Textiles, Pipili Appliqué Work, Metal Work, Pottery and Terracotta, Wood Craft, Sand Art, and many more. Odisha is also cherished for its rich cultural heritage, which has been kept alive through the arts and crafts. Ironically Odisha has always been an ethnically and culturally diverse land. 

Here, you can have a look at the numerous art and craft that reveals the beautiful art and craft of Odisha.

Orissa Tourism brings you the exclusive insight into how the art and craft of Odisha have always created a milestone in India and worldwide. Odisha was previously known as Utkala during the medieval and ancient times. The name “Utkala” itself means the land of pure art and craft. Odisha has always shown its extravagance art and craft and have won many win many hearts around the world. The magic and handwork of the artisans of Odisha can be seen in numerous art and craft. The brilliance and the humble nature of the artist are well reflected in every single art form. Not just in India but around the world tourist get attracted to see this raw art and craft. It boasts many of them to buy and create an interest in them to learn the art and craft of Odisha. 

Odisha is famous for its handcrafted Pattachitra, Tala Patra, Handloom Textiles, Pipili Appliqué Work, Metal Work, Pottery and Terracotta, Wood Craft, Sand Art, and many more. Odisha is also cherished for its rich cultural heritage, which has been kept alive through the arts and crafts. Ironically Odisha has always been an ethnically and culturally diverse land. 

Here, you can have a look at the numerous art and craft that reveals the beautiful art and craft of Odisha. 

stone-carving

HANDLOOM TEXTILES: Visiting Odisha will be an incomplete journey if you don’t see the handloom artwork. This is known as the core of artwork, handcrafted by the Odisha artist. Odisha has always been famous for its handloom textiles. One of the famous villages in Odisha is the Olasingha where this technique has reformed. Another famous fine art is the Ikat also known as Bandha from Sambalpur. The Sambalpuri saree was designed by Radhashyam Meher in 1926, who designed the first handloom to weave a textile of ninety inches width. He has mastered the Bandha art which became popular for ages. These handwoven sarees are more durable, longlasting, and the design on them is unique unlike machine-made sarees, many people prefer handwoven saree than machine-made sarees. As weavers strongly represent tradition you will find interesting designs like shankha(shell), chakra (wheel), phula (flower), and different kinds of animals as well. 

 PIPLI APPLIQUE WORKS: If you are fashion enthusiasts then the word “Applique” will drive your attention for sure. This art form is done by weaving colorful and attractive designs cut out from one cloth onto another. Applique work share the same idea like Pattchitra and is an inspiration from the temples of Odisha. The artisans of Pipili have mastered this art form and have been known for their remarkable work in the entire world. Their creative outshines may other artwork. You may find this in every single house of Odisha. Many tourists take this artwork as a collection and memory when they visit Odisha. The artist of Pipili has even shown this art form on several sarees. These sarees have gained their name and fame internationally. The combination of tiny mirrors embedded in the cloth with an embroidery work have made this work unique. These art form can also be seen in wall hangings, clutches, lampshades, and even handbags.

  STONE CARVING OF ORISSA: These are intricate stone craving found in several temples of Odisha. These stone carving technique was done by hand and is found in several ancient temples of Odisha. Namely, the Konark temple also known as Sun temple tourist feel astounded by its beauty and architecture. Similarly, this artwork is found in Puri at Sri Jagannath temple. Imagine craving each stone to give them a perfect shape without the use of modern technology. Yes, this is not just hardworking but this artwork is made from sincere dedication by the sculptures of Odisha. Stones usually preferred by the sculptors are black granite, marble, or even soapstone. You will also see this work at the famous caves of Odisha Udayagiri and Ratnagiri. Another popular place that attracts tourist attention is the Shanti stupa otherwise known as Dhauligiri. It is only 7 km away from the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. 

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Traditional-Pattachitra

PATTACHITRA: This is one of the finest and oldest art forms of Odisha. This popular art form of Odisha believed to be originated during the 12th Century. Pattachitra name comes from the ‘’Patta’’ meaning clothes or canvas and “Chitra” meaning picture. So pattachitra means artwork done on a piece of cloth. The painting is mostly based on Hindu Mythology, this form of Orissa’s art, a combined mixture of naturally derived bright colors. It has its origin strongly connected to the temple traditions of Puri. Pattachitra is an exclusive painting which makes it one of the most versatile living art forms in India. The color extracted is naturally extracted from different kinds of fruits and flowers. Sometimes this art form can be seen on a special kind of paper that is made up of tamarind seed. Most of the artists are from a small village known as Raghurajpur of Puri. 

TALA PATRA: Talapatra is otherwise known as palm leaf painting. It is a special form of art form that is considered sacred in Odisha. When writing was first invented people of Odisha started writing on the palm leaves. These manuscripts were also known as Taali Oolas. Palm leaves have been a part of Indian culture from time ancient times. When you compare the palm paper with regular paper then you will be astounded to see that palm paper is three times stronger than the paper. It was one of the most important sources of writing element. This was also used for writing and painting in the South and South-East Asian countries. The discovery of palm leaf as a medium was wide-spreading in Odisha and several other places. It was just another eco-friendly invention of ancient and medieval India that left traces in ancient times. This ancient method of writing was a fascinating way of storytelling about the culture of Odisha. This art form was also practiced from the village Ragunathpur of Puri.