Stone Carving in Orissa
has a history extending several centuries. This art, passed on through generations, has reached near perfection. The sculptures and carvings in the magnificent stone temples of this region are a testimony to the skill of the Oriya artisans.
Stone carvers in Orissa have the expertise to handle a variety of stones. Whether it is the extremely soft white soap called ‘khadipathara’, the hard green chlorite called ‘kochilapathara’, the still harder pink khandolite called ‘sahanapathara’ or ‘baulapathara’ or the hardest black granite called ‘muganipathara’ , the artisans handle them with equal ease.
Apart from the idols of gods and goddesses meant for worship, stone carving is used for producing a variety of decorative cum utility objects like ashtrays, paperweights, candle stands and book rests. The product range also includes stone utensils and kitchenware.