Here is the beautiful state of Orissa in its most creative and colourful.
Tribal Villages of Orissa
In India, Orissa ranks as number one in terms of the largest tribal population. As many as 62 tribal communities call the state of Orissa home.
The lifestyle, culture, traditions and food is not just interesting to learn but also enlightening. They have their own festivals; they worship nature and have high and articulate artistic skills that include ornament making, body painting and weaving.
Rayagada, Chatikona, Jeypore, Baliguda, Onukudelli, and Belghar are the tribal villages of Orissa whereas the popular tribes of Orissa are Bondo, Didayi, Barogadaba, Kondhs, Saura, Gadaba, Dhuruba, Juanga, Bhuiyan, and Dharua.
Rural Handicrafts Village
The village of Raghurajpur is alongside the Bhargavi River and is known for its beautiful crafts. Enveloped by a groove of tropical trees, the main highlight of this village is the art that adorns its surroundings. Every family in the village makes crafts as a part of tradition that is generations old.
The fine art culture of the handicraft village here is called Pattachitra. You can see the finesse in everything they do like their palm lead inscriptions, mural paintings, traditional masks, sodhai works and wooden toys among many others
Oriya craft at Pipli
Extremely popular for its colourful applique work, Pipli, a village near Puri is a delight! When in Orissa, Shopping at Pipli is a must! The applique work is done by means of stitching and embroidering coloured pieces of clothes on another huge base cloth.
They even embroider animals, flowers, religious symbols and art and also scenes from the village.
You can find bags, pouches wall hangings, lampshades and so much more! The village is known to make the canopies for the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra.