Papier Mache of Orissa

This craft is very well-known in Orissa and it is practiced very traditionally. The artists pick up waste papers of all sorts, waste cloth and many other items. Firstly all the waste products are collected and put together in a very big drum for soaking. In the second step they are mashed together with the process of crushing and beating. The mediums used for longevity and durability are variety of seeds and gums to safeguard the pulp from termites. The artists use special clays and bio-wastes for strengthening the articles. They have to be very careful while performing the work as the process involved is very delicate and requires constant check at every point.