Ganjapa Card Preparation Workshop
The colourful cards were mostly popular in Ganjam and Puri districts. The cards were named, according to the number of colours used in the entire set. For example, if the pack was made of eight colours, it would be named Atharangi, for 10 colours Dasarangi, 12 colours Vararangi, 14 colours Chaudarangi and 16 colours Solarangi. The Persian and Mughal style of game transformed it into an artistic avatar of the local pata paintings in Odisha.
The number a card represents are usually shown in images of a certain element common in a theme, that could be a tree, fruit, leaf, bird or mythological creatures. As a brilliant form of art, one would find the tales of the Ramayan or Krishna’s mythological tales depicted on the pack of cards. While some forms of the card game exist in Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Ganjapa of Odisha is unique for the pata patterns and colours. Many works have found a place in museums across the world, including Germany and London.
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Coir Crafts Workshop
Odisha is famous for its centuries old coir craft. The speciality of a coir craft is its woven magnificence.
Coir or coconut fibre is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses. Coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. Other uses of brown coir (made from ripe coconut) are in upholstery padding, sacking and horticulture.
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