The exhibition about handicraft from Orissa had a huge success. Almost all the Patta Chitras have been sold! We still have palm leaves paintings to buy in our shop, for the unlucky ones who missed the show! Let's be back on various craft product in Orissa.
The traditions of Patta Chitra paintings are more than thousand years old, dating back to the 5th century BC. Patta chitras are miniature paintings, used as wall hangings with religious themes as their subject matter.
Legends from the lives of Lord Krishna are mainly depicted on this specially treated cloth known as Patta.
Developed over the years, this art form has helped a distinct school of painting to evolve. Having its origin in Sanskrit language, the word Patta Chitra literally means a painted piece of cloth.
This ritualistic art observes a fine blend of sophisticated art and folk element in the form of rich colors. Practiced widely in Raghurajpur and Dandshahi villages at the outskirts of Puri, these pattas have become synonymous to the place.
The rich heritage of Orissa is bestowed with the craft of molding paper into a range of products including Patta chitra styled masks locally known as Mukha.
The skill has been creatively practised by the craftsmen all over Orissa particularly in and around Puri. These masks are not only strikingly beautiful but sturdy and durable as well.
The history of folk theatre also known as Jatra in regional parlance has been a dominant influence on this craft. The characters of these Jatras are made of wood, sholapith and Papier Mache and are vividly painted to appear attractive. The characters are dressed according to the roles played by them and are controlled by strings.
The Patachitra craft is the mother source of this tradition. Mukha, masks are made using a mould of clay and newspaper.
Masks of deities, demons and animals are made for use in the local folk and classical dance and theatre performances.
Owing its popularity to this art form only the silverware or Trakashi of Odisha (Orissa) is very widely known. Thin wires drawn from beaten silver and foils are fashioned to make unique examples of artistic excellence. Forms of animals and birds, small show pieces, fine pieces of Jewellery and articles of daily use like vermilion receptacles are made by the filigree artists that are popular the world over.
Artists of Odisha create miraculous master pieces of filigree art.
Silver filigree technique is known since the antiquity. It was practiced in Oriental countries first, and then in Western countries, since Middle Age until the 18th century, time when people were not fond of it. We used it for ornamentation to religious and civil plates, for jewellery and clothes.
You should not confound this technique with the technique of watermark paper. Silver Filigree is an ancestral technique in Orissa.
The applique work of Pipli, small village between Bhubaneswar and Puri, are colorful as they are useful and decorative.
The bright clothes motifs are stitched together to create wall hangings, bags, lamp shades and umbrellas. The appliqué work is famed, traditional motifs such like elephant, peacocks, fish, flowers and geometrics pattern, are sewn onto a cloth background to form harmonious designs, with embroidery work.
The distinctive hand-woven textiles of Odisha with original patterns and vibrant colors is supporting a thriving cottage industry employing thousands.
Odisha is famous for its silk ikat weaves created by an intricate process called the "bandha" in which warp and weft threads are tie-dyed to produce the pattern on the loom while weaving.
The rare silk fabric produced at Nuapatna in Cuttack district embellished with verses from the Gitagovinda is used to dress the idols at the Jagannath Temple.
The Saktapar sari, from the weaving looms of Sambalpur, Bargarh and Sonepur are identifiable by the double ikat checkerboard pattern (passapalli) and brocade border.
The most striking section of a bandha is usually the ornate 'anchal' or end panel of a sari. There are numerous variations based on the classic 'Bichtrapuri anchal', which is composed of rows of floral and figurative forms, separated by fine stripes or brocade bands. Originally, bandha saris had two ornate anchals because both ends were exposed when draped in the traditional manner.