Arts and Crafts


  • Bamboo and reed work- furniture

    Bamboo and reed work- furniture from bamboo, basket makers weave attractive baskets from multi-colored bamboo-wicker for domestic use as well as household decoration .House hold items made from golden grass (Berna) in sambalpur are very attractive, providing gainful and creative entertainment to the women folk in almost every house in the village Bhatra and its periphery .

  • Brass metal and Terracotta

    The brass metal and Terracotta works includes designs of different deities, various forms and motives exhibiting striking beauty and utility value.

  • Dalkhai Dance

    Young girls of Binjhals, Soura and Mirdha tribes perform this dance during Dussehra, Bhaijuntia and other festive occasions. The young girls stand in a line or in a semicircular pattern with song known as Dalkhai songs.

  • Handicrafts

    Sambalpur has a rich and prosperous tradition of handicraft which has been handed down to the present generation of artisans, astonishingly adding dexterous innovation and skill. Principal among them are the hand loom fabrics of the cotton and tusser silk that have gained worldwide popularity and demand .Often woven by indigenous weavers since ages and evolved through new methods of tie and dye (Bandha O kala),the sambalpuri handloom carries on with acclaim and applause. Master weavers and designers are faithfully engrossed in this field keeping intact their artistic potential in intricate pattern and delicate design.

  • Karma Dance

    Karma Dance is the most colorful dance of the District. It is a tribal dance in honour of “Karam Sain”, the deity who grants children, as they believe. In the beginning the dancers enter the dancing arena in two rows. The drummers and the singers accompany with rhythmic steps.

  • Koisabadi Dance

    This dance is prevalent among the Gond and the Bhuyan tribes. Male dancers take part, holding a two feet long stick. The songs are mainly based on the immortal love story of Radha and Krishna.

  • Sambalpuri Sari 

    The Sambalpuri sari is made from fabric woven on a hand-loom and is popular throughout India. Varieties of the Sambalpuri sari include Sonepuri, Pasapali, Bomkai, Barpali, and Bapta saris, which are in high demand. Most of them have been named after their places of origin and are popularly known as Pata. Paintings on Tussar saris depicting Mathura Vijay, Raslila and Ayodhya Vijay owe their origin to ‘Raghurajpur patta paintings’


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