Sunday 29 April 2018

Extraordinary Palm-Leaf Crafts of Odisha #AToZChallenge

Odisha is known for its excellence of arts and crafts. A large variety of handicrafts have been a part of Odisha's cultural heritage.
When there was no paper, dried Palm-leaves (Talapatra) were used for writing manuscripts. Odia Mahabharata, Ramayana and many other books have been written on Palm-leaves.

Palm-leaf etching is a traditional and popular craft of Odisha that shows the skills of the artisans.
How many Ganesha can you sight here?

Apart from figures of Gods, animals and birds are also skillfully etched.

Trees, plants etc. are etched on palm-leaves too.
Life-stories of Lord Krishna, Ganesha, Buddha, Jesus etc are also available.

As Palm-leaves are eco-friendly unlike plastic, our company proposed palm-leaves to be used for making "Delegate tags". We got such Delegate tags designed and created for Odisha Forum and Wiki Odia.
Conferences need such tags. Sustainable "green-cards" are well-received.

Palm-leaf flip-toys designed like Tiger, Bear, Bat and Joker are available in the market.
For the Asian Athletic Championship (AAC) held in July 2017, we designed a Palm-leaf flip-toy - the Olive Ridley Turtle mascot named Olly. We had great fun with Olly toys at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

I had got my visiting-cards printed on Palm-leaf too!

Were you aware about such crafts? Do share in the comments below.

Post for my second #atozchallenge. X for EXtraordinary!
My Theme is- "Odisha- The Soul of Incredible India".
Odisha is a state in the eastern part of India. Have you visited Odisha and India? 
I am sharing some glimpses from Odisha. Do keep reading and discovering!


  1. Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog. What a beautiful and detailed artwork. - Margy

  2. Beautiful etchings! Now I want to find palm leaves and try drawing on them.

  3. how beautiful and timeconsuming … never heard of it before so thank you for this new thing learned

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)


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