Raghurajpur Pattachitra village and handicrafts
Odisha is a state in eastern India that’s renowned for its unique handicrafts. There are two popular villages you can plan for a day visit there, where the residents are all artisans engaged in their professions.
The growing tourism to the state trying to include commercialization is setting in. Innovative works are still waiting for a good amount of sales or simply some appreciation. Nevertheless, the villages are still interesting places to interact with the artisans, see their beautiful handicrafts.
If you’re interested in brightly colored chandua applique and patchwork, then Pipili is the place to go. This village has a long history dating back to the 12th century when it was established to accommodate craftsmen who made applique umbrellas and canopies for the annual Jagannath Temple Ratha Jatra festival. Back in those days, applique artisans predominantly catered to the needs of temples and kings.
Now, you’ll find a diverse range of applique items being made in Pipili including handbags, puppets, purses, wall hangings, bedspreads, cushion covers, pillow covers, lampshades, lanterns (popularly used as Diwali festival decorations), and tablecloths. Huge umbrellas are available as well. The eye-catching main street is laden with stores selling handicrafts.
If you’re after a more personal experience, you’ll enjoy visiting Raghurajpur much more than Pipili. It’s smaller and less commercialized, and artisans carry out their crafts while sitting out the front of their prettily painted houses. There are just over 100 households in the village, which has a picturesque setting among tropical trees next to the Bhargavi River near Puri.
At Raghurajpur, every house is an artist’s studio. Pattachitra paintings on cloth, predominantly featuring murals depicting stories from Hindu mythology, are a specialty. Similar to Pipili’s applique, Raghurajpur pattachitra village and handicrafts’ ancient art has its modern-day roots in the Jagannath temple and worship of Lord Jagannath in Odisha. The artisans make a wide variety of other items too, including etching on palm leaf, pottery, wood carvings, and wooden toys. Many have even won national awards for their work.
Apart from Raghurajpur pattachitra village and handicrafts, another thing is famous here and that is
It’s an impressive dance tradition. Legendary Odissi dancer Kelucharan Mohapatra was born there and started out as a Gotipua dancer. This captivating dance is considered to be the precursor of Odissi classical dance. It’s performed by young boys who dress as women and do acrobatics to praise Lord Jagannath.
How to Get There
Both destinations are easy to reach. You can visit these places during your trip to Puri. Regular buses are available to get into these villages or you can book cabs to reach these places. Or if you are planning your vacation with Toshali Sands,the four-star resort in Balighai then from here you can plan an exclusive visit to these handicraft villages.
Don’t miss your chances of visiting the incredible art villages of Odisha with Toshali Sands. Visit villages to see impressive works of Pipili, Raghurajpur village, and handicrafts.