Paddy Craft of Orissa

The paddy craft of Orissa is a languishing craft which is practised in the district of Koraput, Kalahandi, Balasore and Bolangir. The tribes of Ghond who have been detribalized and have taken to agriculture are the main practitioners of the craft. Rice is a symbol of prosperity and so the goddess Lakshmi is popularly made by the artisans. Other subject includes carts, chariots, elephants and other Gods and Goddess. Most items crafted have an association with religion.