Do you love to explore the art and crafts of places that you visit in India? If you have already explored the art and craft of Odisha, also known as the land of Lord Jagannath, you already know how rich and vibrant the state’s cultural landscape is. During the ancient and medieval era, Odisha was referred to as ‘Utkala’. The term ‘Utkala’ conveys a beautiful meaning which means ‘the land of excellence in art and craft.’ Now here are three stunning Odisha art and craft destinations to explore in the famous abode of Lord Jagan:
Sukuapada: Given the fact that stone craft happens to be Odisha’s most popular art export in terms of revenue, this is the location for you to check out age-old craft treasures to add to your collection.
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Raghurajpur: Want to acquire one of Odisha’s famous Pattachitra art that represents Lord Jagannath in full splendor? This is the place to visit. Remember, a single Pattachitra takes months to make as the art is very intricate and it takes years to master this rare art form. What truly gives it an edge over other types of art is the hundred percent natural coloring that is used. For instance, the color white is created through shells. Each color in a single Pattachitra is naturally made.
Pipili: Located about forty kilometers away from Bhubaneshwar, the applique work at Odisha’s heritage craft village Pipili is one of Odisha’s most popular art exports to the world. Odisha’s famous applique work is traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries when decorative pieces began to be used for Lord Jagannath’s processions. As the applique work began to grow in scope, it further branched out to six forms of stitching styles. Odisha’s beautiful applique work was also showcased in a Bollywood flick titled ‘Sui Dhaaga’, starring Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma.
For those who love art and travel, there cannot be a better combination than a visit to Odisha’s most beautiful art and craft heritage villages.