Odisha — India’s best-kept secret

April 26, 2021

Odisha — India’s best-kept secret

Odisha, my native state has a rich heritage, great culture and loving human beings.

It is like a box, the more you search the more you get. Though people are not much aware of this state so whenever I travel and meet people most of them are unaware regarding which part of India this State is situated in. Being an ‘Odia’ I want to take the opportunity of Internet facility to write and inform the rest of the world about our State.

Have you ever seen a hand painted Saree/Dupatta

Most of the art lovers know Odisha, for it’s ancient and traditional art.

A modern-day woman when carrying the handloom saree, hand-painted with ancient art, draws attention and raises eyebrows with ‘wow’ exclamations.

Before we start the topic, let me tell something from the beginning

We have started visiting villages and clusters to just have better knowledge during our visit to Odisha. We have started preparing our own collection with our idea in small way. The products were awesome which gives us so much confidence that I decided to continue with it . I can say one thing the journey so far is really interesting and I am enjoying each bit.

I have never tried to write story nor the process of making the product.

By nature I am extrovert but not comfortable in the social media world.

My friends and customers always push me to write and inform the world about this unique idea but as I mentioned earlier I did not try.But as we all are going through this lock down period for this pandemic corona virus, I want to utilise the power of internet to share our State’s crafts and heritage.

A heart full of love is required to connect with the world which I am trying to do with the help of internet.

Odisha has numerous skilled artisans spread across the length and breadth of the State.From the numerous art forms of Odisha, I am mentioning few below. We will be covering each of this in details in our forthcoming posts.

1. Pattachitra Art

2. Stone Carving

3. Sand Art

4. Applique works

5. Silver Filigree

6. Paper Mache

7. Palm Leaf Engraving

8. Terracotta

9. Dokra Metal Casting

10. Horn Work

11. Tribal / Saura art

Pattachitra Art

Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. The tradition is more than thousand years old. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is thus literally a painting done on canvas, and is manifested by rich colourful application, creative motifs and designs, mostly mythological in depiction.

Raghurajpur, village in Puri district of Odisha is well known for its master Pattachitra painters.

The village was chosen to be developed as state’s first heritage village and developed as a Crafts village. The village is also home to crafts like Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, papier mache toys, and masks.

Pattachitra wall hanging, bottle art, cushion covers were available in market.

We used the art on saree, dupatta in a customised way, using high quality silk apparel (saree and dupattas), the end products being rarely available in market.

We select material either Tussar Silk, Pure Silk, Khadi, Cotton and then decide depending on the material the theme which will make the apparel look vibrant.

After this done we discuss with our team the colour combination. The rest is done by our skilled team members. We need nearly 10 days to complete a saree depending on the design and of course weather condition. The layers of colour have to dry individually before the next layer is painted. Monsoons are a strict no no.

Our Brand ‘Crafts Collection’ showcases sarees, dupattas and stoles with a tagline ‘Where Fashion meets art’.

https://craftscollection.in/collections/pattachitra-art

We are happy to get positive and motivational feedback from our customers which keep our team motivated. We listen to customers and try to answer them as quickly as possible.

As it is a unique customised product we talk to our customers if there are any post delivery queries.

Few testimonials are included in our website. www.craftscollection.in

Some beautiful comments from our customer’s are mentioned below

We will love to see all the readers visit our site and get connected with us to know more about the product.

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