Ivory, Horn, Bone of Orissa

This is an ancient and traditional craft form prevalent in India for ages. This craft is primarily practiced by the tribes of Santhals, Orans and Marijas. Since ivory craft has been banned the craft people have shifted to horn craft. Traditionally designs of animals and birds were made. Contemporary artisans use the cow and buffalo horn to make more utility items like ashtrays, jewelry and combs. Sometimes, horn and silver filigree work are combined to make ornaments. The combined style is more prevalent in Cuttack. Beautifully carved combs of bones and horns are popular all over the world. The artisans for this craft may be found in various districts of the State.