Wood Carving

A special charm of Odishan wood carvings is the blending of folk and classical forms. Wood carving in Odisha has both utilitarian and aesthetic aspects. The wood carvers make a variety of decorative and utilitarian objects such as toys depicting birds and animals, real and mythical, panel of alphabets, boxes, bowls, images of Gods & Goddesses, secular figures and innumerable other pieces made of light wood and finished with arresting colours, smooth polish, gloss and shine. Gambhari is widely used for its fine, smooth texture & light cream colour. Piasal and Teak are also used. Each of these wooden articles carries the imprint of concerned area. For instance, the traditional wooden toy makers of Puri & Baragarh possess a distinctly unique style. Similarly, the craftsmen from Khandapara & Puri make flower vases, jugs, bowls, and vermilion boxes. The wood carvers of Puri have been building for centuries, the famous chariots used in Lord Jagannath annual car festival. Folk and classical style makes these objects unique in the field of handicrafts, where the KUNDRAS of Gandia in Dhenkanal & Khandapara in Nayagarh district play not a less role in boosting the activities of woodcarving.

imageThe Heritage and Crafts of Orissa are enriched with diffrent categories of products such as Applique , Tribal Jwellery,Dhokra Casting,Wood Carving etc.The crafts of Silver Filigree,Cow Horn and Palm Leaf Engraving shows the depth of handicraft culture of Odisha as well as India.

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