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Orissa Handicraft : Land Of Traditional Handicraft Art.

January 31, 2012 | by Mounish | category Indian Handicrafts
Orissa the land of enchanting beauty is well known for its exquisite handicrafts. Its main handicraft consists of stone art, applique art, wooden carvings, dhokra art, lacquer art, wooden paintings and patta paintings. Centuries old, this tradition has survived the ravages of time to preserve some of the best specimen of local crafts. Age has not withered the beauty and dynamic diversity of Orissa’s traditional arts and crafts. Stemming from centuries of exquisite craftsmanship, they are a colorful testimony to the integral life force amongst an ancient people. Cross-cultural influences in religion and utilitarian trades have produced a range of gorgeous crafts that add color and creativity to their lives.Orissa’s religious heritage has played one of the most dynamic roles in fashioning the infinite variety of crafts available in the state. Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism and Vaishnavism have left their imprints on Orissa’s ancient arts and crafts as have its strong tribal traditions. Its sea-faring history too has brought in influences from Indonesia and China.Check out Our Store for wide range of handmade, handcrafted, handicrafts products.

Stone Art :

Mute stones are transformed into living expressions, the testimony of which is found on the walls of the well known Konark and Puri temples. The craftsmen, who have carried the heritage through generations, continue the age old tradition even today. The stone carvers from Puri, Bhubaneswar, Lalitgiri and Khiching today create imaginative objects for the modern men. The tools the artisans use are few and simple and consist mainly of hammers and chiseled of various shapes and sizes and with the help of these tools they create the life like statues on stone.

Stone Art

Applique Art :

One of the most important cottage industries encouraged by temple rituals was the creation of applique work. Enourmous applique canopies were traditionally held aloft the venerated Lord Jagannath and his siter Goddess Subhadra and elder brother Lord Balabhadra during the Rath Yatra. Applique art thus created now caters to the making of other applique crafts; mainly the beach/garden umbrellas, applique bags and wall hangings etc.

Applique Art

Wooden Carvings :

Wooden carving is another important handicraft of orissa. Usually light varieties of wood are preferred and vegetable and mineral colors are used. The motifs include various stylized animals and birds like horse, bull, elephant, lion, tiger, peacock, nabagunjara etc. Samples of excellence of the wood carvers of Orissa can be found in temple ceilings, carved wooden beams and doors. Some temples noted for the craftsmanship are Biranchinarayan temple in Buguda, Jagannath temple in Dharakot etc.

Wooden Carving Art

Dhokra Art :

The traditional dhokra work is a typical tribal craft in bronze with its mesh like features giving it a distinctive beauty. The tribal families of Sadeibareni a village near Dhenkanal town produce this unusual craft. Metal craft reached perfection in Orissa with a range of indigenous designs being created by its craftsmen, with craftsmen churning out numerous religious and gift items.

Dhokra Art

Lacquer Art :

Lacquer is the refuse of an insect gathered by the tribal’s in the forests. The women folk of Balasore and Nawarangpur districts mix it with colors and apply in on small vane boxes and toys etc made by the tribal’s and terracotta figures, which they make themselves. After several coats of lacquer have sealed the core, the surface is decorated with motifs borrowed from nature, geometric patterns and religious symbols. Although the visual power of color and design combine to make an ornamental effect, the artisans are constantly exploring the area of material, form and technique.

Laquer Art

Wooden Paintings :

Wooden paintings are basically pattachitras done on wooden structures like door frames or window frames etc. and are custom built items. Beautiful and creative these items decorate and enhance of beauty of many household and corporate offices all over the globe.

Wooden Paintings Art

Patta Paintings :

Even the most elementary level Orissan paintings have color and vibrancy that are exemplary. The tradition of wall painting is as old as time in this ancient state. Pattachitras are painted with bright colors and possess a charm peculiarly their own. Their pictorial conceptions, unique painting technique and line formations together with color schemes make them a remarkably original art form that is distinct from any other school of painting either in India or abroad. Palm leaf paintings also belong to this category of Orissa art where in traditional patta paintings are done on palm leaves.

Patta Paintings Art