Applique is the art practiced in Orissa and Rajasthan. It is a decorative work in which one piece of cloth is sewn or fixed onto another, or the activity of decorating a cloth using glass pieces, metals, wood or metal wires
Appliqué Work in Orissa
Orissa's appliqué work is one of the most fascinating handicrafts of India.
The Pipli village in Puri district of Orissa is the main center of appliqué work. Rows of shops in Pipli flaunt appliquéd handbags, bed sheets, wall hangings, purses, cushion covers, letter cases, pillow covers, canopies and garden umbrellas.
Patronized by kings and nobility of Orissa, appliqué work at one time had reached the artistic heights of excellence. The kings of Puri engaged craftsmen in the service of Lord Jagannath and set up village Pipli for them to live in.
Though the art became popular after the construction of the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri, its origins go far beyond.
In the old days, Pipli craftsmen used to make canopies, banners, umbrellas and trashas (fans) for festivals held in Puri's famous temple.
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