Indic Inspirations is proud to present a set of the interesting Art & Craft items of Odisha - 6 items

Odisha, One State Many Worlds - its varied regions and history have created a rich tapestry of Arts & Crafts, that include distinctive textiles, folk paintings, wood and metal crafts. We are happy to present a few products from some of these crafts – that are UNIQUE, represent TRADITION, give JOY & will be HEIRLOOMS!

  1. Ikat Silk Stole 

This traditional hand woven mulberry silk stole is intricately hand-woven with Ikat technique by the Odisha weavers. Orissa Ikat dates back to the 12th century when artisans from the Patan region of modern day Gujarat migrated to Orissa and carried forward the craft. Ikat is an elaborate dying process done with silk or cotton fabrics. Tie and dye or IKAT is a process of tying required portions of the same thread and dyeing them in the dye bath so that the dye penetrates in the un-tied portions without affecting the tied portions and repeating the process several times by untying and tying again and putting it in different dye baths to bring out a number of colors in the desired areas.

  1. Silver Filigree Boat

The boat is symbolic of the famous Bali Yatra celebrated in Cuttack every year. The festival is reminiscent of Odisha's Maritime Glory. Chandi Tarakasi - Silver Filigree Crafts of Odisha are practised since 15th Century with its own intricate design and craftsmanship. About 2000 artisans only in Cuttack and around continue the tradition of this excellent craft with workmanship. Silver filigree is an ancient art. In this craft process beaten silver is drawn into fine threads and foils, which are then joined together to create jewellery and decorative work of infinite beauty. The items are internationally appreciated for their delicate artistry, elegant craftsmanship and superb finish.

  1. Konark Wheel Miniature In Stone

It is a replica of the Konark Sun Temple wheel in stone. The Konark temple is one of the greatest architecture marvels of India. This Sun temple was built in the 13th century on the banks of the ancient river Chandrabhaga in the form of the Chariot of the Sun God. The Chariot was on 24 elaborately carved stone wheels which are pulled by a set seven horses. the wheels of the chariot have been interpreted as the 'Wheel of Life'. They portray the cycle of creation, preservation and achievement of realization. Stone carving in Odisha is the ancient practice of sculpting stone into art and utilitarian objects. The origin of the craft back to 13th century A. D. Sun Temple of Konark, Udayagiri, Ratnagiri etc are the examples of Stone carving of Odisha art.

  1. Dhokra Tortoise Paper Weight

This tortoise table top show-piece or paper-weight, symbolizing longevity and prosperity, made with love by our tribal artisans from the interiors of Odisha, is surely going to bring with itself a fragment of raw Indian tribal culture to your living space. The artifacts represent an ancient Indian tribal brass craft known as Dhokra which dates back to pre-historic times of the Harrappa and Mohenjodaro Civilizations. Dhokra is made with non–ferrous metal casting using the lost-wax casting technique with an alloy of nickel, brass and zinc. Using the same technique of the unique 13 stage process of Dhokra / Bell metal making the tribal families of Odisha cast the figures of gods and goddesses, lamps, boxes, ornaments and other utility objects.

  1. Wooden Hand Painted Pattachitra Art Coaster 

This wooden pen stand is hand painted by Odisha Pattachitra artist. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular folk art forms of Odisha. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. The creation of the Pattachitra paintings is a disciplined art form, and the chitrakars maintain rigidity in their use of colours and patterns, restricting the colours to a single tone.

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