Odisha was known as Utkala during the ancient and medieval times. Utkala the name itself means – the land of excellence in art and craft. The art forms are visual manifestations of a rich cultural heritage of Odisha and reflect on a tradition which still lives in the creative imagination and skill of her craftsmen.
Diverse, vibrant and utilitarian the art and craft of Odisha range from —stone work, silver filigree, wood craft, appliqué work, brass and bell metal work, dhokra castings, horn work, pattachitra, paper mache, terracotta, tie & dye textile in cotton,tassar and silk to name a few.
Stemming from centuries of exquisite craftsmanship, they are a colourful testimony to the integral life force of the people of the state.
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