Special Handicrafts to Buy from BhubaneswarFamously known as ‘City of Temples’, Bhubaneswar is far famed for its unique art and craft as well. A wide range of local handicrafts such as wood work, stone carving, silver filigree jewellery, chandua, dhokra, brass and bell metal work and patta chitra paintings etc. is available in this part of Odisha. City of Bhubaneswar houses skilled artisans who possess expertise in creating unique handicrafts following traditional craft forms of this region. Read on to know more about these special handicrafts which are amongst best items one must pick as souvenirs from Bhubaneswar.
Stone Sculpture and Seashell Items
Silver Filigree JewellerySilver filigree work, locally known as ‘Tarakasi’ is the most special and exquisite traditional craft of Bhubaneswar. Tarakasi or silver filigree is ancient craft of Orissa region and has been internationally acclaimed for its unique craftsmanship. It is one of the major export items of Odisha state. Silver filigree items like jewellery, gift articles and show pieces etc. are exclusively made by soldering fine strands of pure beaten silver in beautiful and attractive designs. And prominent of all, silver filigree jewellery is much popular among tourists and visitors. Apart from Government run emporium, there are several local handicraft shops present in Bhubaneswar selling beautiful silver filigree jewellery and handicrafts. So, don’t miss out buying special silver filigree jewellery during your trip to Bhubaneswar.
Metal and Applique WorkBrass and bell metal work of this region is superb. A wide range of metal based handicrafts is easily available in markets of Bhubaneswar. Brass and metal ware are among those most popular shopping items in Bhubaneswar which are majorly known for their exclusive crafting. Metal sculpture, masks and figurines, known as ‘Dhokra’ are also one of the most popular local handicrafts of this region. Folk artisans of this region are engaged in Dhokra work but this traditional craft is now limited to small villages only. ‘Chandua’ is applique worked fabric which is also one of the most favored handicrafts of Bhubaneswar. Chandua handiwork is traditional craft of Orissa and is famous for its unique colorful applique work. In this craft, unique patches of colored beautiful fabrics are stitched on the basic fabric to make it much more attractive.
Patta Chitra PaintingsPatta Chitra Paintings are one of the far famed handicrafts of Bhubaneswar. This painting is well known form of traditional handicrafts of Orissa. It has been an integral part of culture of this city. With the time, patta chitra paintings have become much popular and got recognition on national and international both levels encouraging artists of the region. Bright color schemes, unique pictorial concept, line formation and distinct technique of painting make these patta chitra paintings unique and attractive. Especially, for art collectors, these paintings are one of the unique handicrafts to buy from Bhubaneswar. Apart from that, palm leaf painting is another traditional form of Patta Chitra painting done on palm leaf with etching.
Apart from these above mentioned handicrafts, several others like terracotta figurines, bamboo and grass mats, horn work and paper mache masks make a long list to choose from. Utkalika, Ekamra Haat, Orissa State Handlooms Weavers Co-operative Society Ltd., Orissa Art & Craft, Sudarshan Art & Craft Village and Orissa Modern Art Gallery are some of the well known handicraft showrooms and emporiums in Bhubaneswar where one can find all local handicrafts of this region at one place.
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