Orissa is known for its exquisite handicrafts. Some of them are :-
Silver Filigree : Orissas fine and delicate
silver filigree work is one of the best in the world. Cigar boxes, jewellery, baskets and
decorative trays are some of the popular shopping items.
Horn Work : Found mainly in Parlakhemundi and Cuttack,
the most popular piece is the long-legged stork.
Pattachitra : This folk painting is an ancient and
unique craft. Pictures of animals, flowers, gods and demons are painted on a specially
Matalware : Various brass and bell metalware items,
from utensil to decorative pieces are available all over Orissa.
Applique Work : Made in Pipli near Bhubaneswar, this
involves cutting of colourful fabrics in the shape of flowers, birds and animals;
stitching them artistically on coloured cloth. The most popular items are the colourful
canopies, awnings and garden & beach umbrellas.
Stoneware : Popular stoneware article include black
stone bowls and plates of Khiching, multi-coloured stone statuettes, and delicate
soapstone statuettes available in Puri.
Silk and Cotton Handlooms : The charm of silk and
cotton handloom fabrics and sarees of Orissa is well known. Sambalpur and Cuttack Sarees
are unique. Fabrics for dresses, furnishings, bedspreads and table-cloth are also
available. Orissan paintings are also done on tussar silk.