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- palm leaf engravings are made with utmost precision. Iron stylus are used to etch drawing on brittle surface, lamp black is rubbed all over the engravings to give fine silhouette on carved lines
It is believed that the colours of a Sambalpuriikat never fade. Over the years, the Sambalpuri ikat sarees have become the synonymous with the sarees from Odisha... The motifs inspired by temple architecture, marine elements and nature gives it the distinct identity & also a canvas to the artist to express their creativity. Woven in silk or cotton, SambalpuriIkat uses tie-dyed yarn to create designs on canvases of bright oranges and pinks, yellows and blacks.Bargarh and Sonepur districts are the hubs of Sambalpuri Sarees in Odisha.
Bomkai Sarees have a heavily designed pallu, generally made using... different coloured threads to give the contrast between the body and the pallu. The weave originated in Ganjam district of Odisha and soon spread to rest of the state. Bright colours , designs and motifs punctuated by dots and solid borders are the distinguishing characteristics of the Bomkai weave.
'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,' said Leonardo Da Vinci... Nothing exemplifies this more than the simple but stunningly sophisticated Kotpad weaves from the Koraput District of Orissa.With Nature as its inspiration, the Kotpad embodies the harmony and elegance of the tribal way of life. Rough in texture, they are dyed with the reddish tinge of the roots of the Indian Madder (Aal) tree. The fabric of Kotpad is unique as it is ecofriendly and nontoxic .
Applique, the traditional patchwork art has a long history in Odisha. The work involved is mostly of hand.
Odisha's tradition in Art Textiles Handloom is centuries old.
Brass & Bellmetal are the two earliest known alloys.
Dhokra is an alloy of brass, nickel and zinc which emanates antique look.
Golden Grass is the stem of a read that groves in swamps and marshes and then seasoned under the sun.
Masks and toys of papier mache are made in Raghurajpur, Puri, Jeypore and some other places.
Products are made by weaving ropes of dried Sabai Grass usually made by rural women folk
Stone Carvings of Odisha reflects a glorious cultural past and rich heritage.
The coastal belt climatic condition of Odisha is very conducive for the cultivation of coconut tree.
A wide range of utility items (Storage/ Shopping Basket) are made from the leaf of the Palmyra palm tree
Handicrafts are part of Odisha's rich cultural heritage. These are mainly works of art and beauty, designed and shaped by hand with creative imagination of craft-persons from time immortal. ... Odisha was once known as UTKAL a synonym to excellence in the field of arts & crafts. Handicraft and Handloom products were the main stay of maritime trade of Kalinga Empire. Even to-day Odisha handicrafts have a global recognition as objects of great value and beauty. Generations of artisans have worked with superb craftsmanship, innovative techniques and unmatched skill to produce valuable products that carved worldwide identity. Our precious handicrafts are not merely products; they are an integral part of culture, a long heritage link to our glorious past. Recognition of our craft persons at national and International level speaks the excellence of craftsmanship. 129 Master craft persons have got National Award and National Merit Certificate. Three master craft persons have been conferred with Padma award while Shilpi Guru award has been conferred on three reputed craft persons.
BOYANIKA represents the primary weavers cooperative societies of Orissa. It has served weavers through marketing, input supply, design interventions and mentoring. It has succeeded in popularizing ... the band of 'Orissa Handloom' through its showrooms, participation in national and international exhibitions and by taking up brand building and research & development exercises. Boyanika is synonymous with Total Quality Management, preservation of heritage designs, promotion of new contemporary fabric, promoting national awardees and providing a national & international platform to the weavers of Orissa. Boyanika and its affiliate excite and weavers hold the certificate of handloom mark. Boyanika sell only the best of Orissa Handlooms after each product undergoes through a strict quality control. Products of Boyanika Sarees are Pure Silk Sarees & Silk Product.
Filigree is a unique craft. It has its own intricate design and superb craftsmanship. Cuttack district has a long tradition of meticulous and sophisticated craftsmanship in silver filigree works ... Locally known as "Tarakasi", the silver filigree of Cuttack is famous for its delicateness and intricate workmanship. The art is ancient which has its origin in Persian countries since 15th century. This craft had sufficient patronage during the Moghul period but subsequently suffered for lack of encouragement and marketing facilities. Most of the artisans engaged in the trade had to seek other avenues for their livelihood under difficult conditions. However, the State Govt.'s initative In 1952 to brings the craft into cooperative fold has ameliorated the conditions of the artisans. There are three categories of filigree crafts, such as Rose work, Siko work and Jali work to make filigree articles. The artisans first prepare a frame work for the article by means of a piece of silver wire drawn into thread as fine as a spider's web. Then weave inner textures and set it inside the frame. The whole thing is then fixed on a mica sheet with an indigenous paste and soldered. To give it a finish it is burnt in fire and cleaned in soap nut water. Filigree work is distinguished from other ornaments and jewellery by excellent finish, fine foils, textures and snowy glaze. That is why they are presented to dignitaries had other eminent national & international personalities in an event. Decorative pieces of Lord Krishna's chariot, Konark chakra and variety of other eye catching & spectacular silver ornaments are a craze for the modern fashion loving folk. The invention of machine finish is a threat to the sector, which can be counter balanced by innovative creations of artisans.
There are as many as 62 tribes in Odisha having different styles of living. It is seen that the women folk of most of the tribes, wear typical ornaments made out of brass/bell metal/silver/white metals ... made by a particular section of artisans mainly found in Rayagada, Phulbani, Gajapati, Koraput, Nawarangpur & Dhenkanal districts. The significance of this community is that they make varieties of items as per the necessity, design and motif of each ethnic group. Hence their items are culture and community specific. With design intervention the artisan could make wide range of fashion jewellery for the modern society. There is scope for export of such jewellery.
Now-a-days, the handloom products of Odisha have become extensively popular among the tourists. Most of Odisha�s products are produced in small family workshops among certain weaver communities such as Bhulias, Kostas, Gaudias, Deras or Asanipatras. Famed late Dr.Krutartha Acharya, Padmashri Award Winner from Bargarh, late Kunjabihari Meher, Padmashri Award Winner from Barpali, Padmashri Chaturbhuja Maher from Sonepur, and Sarat Patra, National Award Winner from Nuaptana are the prominent personalities among the weavers' community to develop Odisha handlooms and popularize the products at national and international levels.
Odisha with its glorious record of handloom-weaving since 600 BC is a part of the large weaving belt that stretches through West Bengal, Assam and other North-Eastern States. Today there are more than 4 lakh handloom weavers in Odisha engaged in producing a rich range of textures and taking forward the rich heritage and tradition of the state from generation to generation. Eloquent and realistic, the fabrics, that bear the unique designs converged with the tribal, traditional and modern touch in variety of silks, tassar and cotton fabrics found recognition world over. The products display and sale of Odisha handlooms in textile exhibitions and handloom expositions all over the country is an annual feature.
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