The land of Orissa is a home to beautiful handicraft forms. In fact, the art of creating handicrafts rests in the heart of soul of every Oriyan. From age long handicraft forms to the new innovative style, Oriya handicraft traditions have travelled a long way. Right from its inception, this art form has been liked by all and has withstood the ravages of time. One can catch the glimpse of traditions and religious practices in the handicrafts that are designed with much finesse. The tradition of Palm Leaf Writing is still prevalent; though, it is seen in some of the local households. Even, marriage cards, at present, are also written on Palm Leaf to some extent.
The wooden carvings, stone art, patta paintings and appliqué art form are some of the most loved possessions of Orissa. Appliqué art is known to be vibrant colored embroidery on cloth piece that has taken the shape of umbrellas, wall hangings, mats and bags. A best part of the handicrafts from Orissa is that they make use of tamarind glue, chalk powder and various other things in making their masterpieces of painting bases.