Do you want to know about the best handicrafts of Odisha? You have come to the right place.
Welcome to the land of temples. Odisha, or previously known Orissa is a great place where one can find beautiful temples, magnificent architecture, lovely beaches, sculptures with mythological stories, food delicacies and many more.
Puri and Konark are the first things known to all. On a visit to Konark, a photo with the Konark wheel is a must, all Odias can relate to this. Being an Odia myself its nostalgic writing about it.
The state is rich in a variety of handmade art. The handicraft art practised here are alive since ancient times. Here are the most popular crafts that make Odisha proud and a few are a perfect take home. As many readers including me, don’t like reading long posts I try keeping it short.
Let us start the journey with the name- Jai Jagannath.
List of the best handicrafts and artforms of Odisha. (This post contains affiliate links. For more information visit the disclaimer page.)
Best Handicrafts of Odisha
Applique or the patchwork is famous in a small town named Pipili near Puri. The temple in Puri where Lord Jagannath is worshipped is considered as one of Char dhams in India. Artists earn their livelihood through this art and have kept the art form alive from centuries. From the chariots of Rath yatra to every Odia home, these decoratives are a must.
Applique is a handmade technique that brings out colourful wall decors (called chandua) and many useful products as bags, lanterns and umbrellas. One can always find difficulty in choosing the best one, as each one is beautiful than the other.
Sea shell craft
Odisha has some amazing beaches from Puri to Ganjam district and has a variety of seashells in the heart of the sea. They are the natural treasures and craftsmen here transform them into handicrafts beyond beauty. Shell jewellery, figurines, mirror frames and shankh are liked most.
Odisha is also famous for its textile industry. Sambalpuri Ikat is one of the famous textile crafts of India. It is a technique of weaving fabric with traditional motifs like shankha (shell), chakra (wheel), phula (flower), colourful designs and geometrical patterns. These handwoven sambalpuri sarees are favourite among the state’s womenfolk. Few names of the designs are as Bomkei, Pasapalli, Dhana patri, Baandha, etc.
Pattachitra or Tasar painting is a form of painting on cloth. Originated in Raghurajpur-Odisha, this art is a traditional hand art form and uses natural colors. It visualizes mythological stories and intricate views of temples and folktales.
It is one of the best Odisha handicraft products for any living space to give the traditional touch and beautify the space.
Silver Filigree art
Presently found in the districts of Cuttack -Odisha, this art form is more than 500 years old. Artists convert lumps of silver into very fine carvings and products. These can be a very good gifting option and will be loved undoubtedly.
Dhokra art is tribal art. It is a method of non-ferrous metal casting. Found in the eastern states of India, it is 5000 years old. Unbelievable!! It exists till date and speaks history. Artists generally make tribal figurines, sculptures, art motifs, mythical creatures.
Palm Leaf Engraving/Etching
Raghurajpur-Odisha is again famous for this handicrafts art form of etching on palm leaf or Talapatra. It is a hereditary craft for the artists’ families. From mythological stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata to the ancient manuscripts, everything on a leaf. Lekhani is the tool used for etching. It requires skills, good eyesight and months of hardwork and patience for a single painting. Do you want one and feel ancient India?
Stone carving is an age-old handicraft of Odisha. The descendants of artisans, who had excellence in temple building have kept the sculptural tradition alive through their hereditary craft of stone carving. It includes replicas of temples, images of gods and goddesses, the Konark wheel and decorative figurines.
Berhampuri Silk (Patta)
Soura tribal art or ikons is a folk art of Odisha by the oldest Soura tribe. These paintings are similar to the Warli paintings and hold a religious significance. The wall mural paintings are very unique and hold its artistic significance even today.