the land of enchanting beauty is well known for its
exquisite handicrafts.Centuries old,this tradition has
survived the ravages of time to preserve some of the
best specimen of local crafts. Ample testimony to this
great culture.Age has not withered the beauty and dynamic
diversity of Orissa's traditional arts and crafts. Stemming
from centuries of exquisite craftsmanship , they are
a colorful testimony to the integral life force amongst
an ancient people. Cross-cultural influences in religion
and utilitarian trades have produced a range of gorgeous
crafts that add colour and creativity to their lives.
Orissa's religious heritage has played one of the most
dynamic riles in fashioning the infinite variety of
crafts available in the state. Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism
and Vaishnavism have left their imprints on Orissa's
ancient arts and crafts as have its strong tribal traditions.
Its sea-faring history too has brought in influences
from Indonesia and China.