What sets these paintings apart is the notable material of cloth used. It is known as Patta and basically it is nothing but a dried palm leaf. The surface is painted with vibrant, full of colors and intricate pictures of various Gods, Goddesses, depicting the mythological scenes. The artists here use natural mineral colors and vegetable dyes in their paintings. But the remarkable part is that they don’t use a pencil for drawing and the brush also which they use is made up of mouse’s hair. One of the special products of this village is the also the Sambalpuri Saree, which is a Tussar saree with various mythological scenes painted about Mathura Vijay and Raslila, etc.
Every house here is an art museum and every person living here is an artist of tribal art, bringing alive the mythological scenes in their paintings. Another interesting fact is that every year the God and Goddess of Puri go on a relaxation period for 15 days, so during that period, the statues are then replaced with these pattachitra paintings that portrays the three deities. To experience a live, vibrant art gallery overflowing with culture and stories you must visit Raghurajpur crafts village.
Raghurajpur Art Village open at 08:00 AM to 05:30 PM