Unhusked Rice/Paddy Craft of Odisha

Unhusked Rice/Paddy Craft of Odisha

Languishing Craft

Oryzasative or unhusked rice has been used for making chains, figures of deities, animal figures, flowers, garlands and other objects. This painfully laborious craft - practised in some parts of Balasore, Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi in Odisha - requires meticulous attention and minute detailing. The prices levied for the products are exceeding low and not commensurate with the labour involved. No tools are required, rice grain and cotton cord being the only raw materials used. The origin of the craft is lost though the practitioners know that their families have been practising it for many generations and that there is ritualistic significance in the crafting of Goddess Laxmi. The use of paddy is also symbolic of prosperity, a good harvest and general well being.

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