Terracotta Crafts or Mruttika of Odisha!

‘Terracotta’ means burnt clay. It is also called ‘Mruttika’ in Odia. These crafts are earthy, strong and extremely attractive when painted. Many different items are made from clay by talented Odisha craftsmen such as diyas (small lamps), cute lanterns, earrings, necklaces, masks, vases, utilities like coffee cups, glasses, chulhas or clay cookstoves, incense stick stands, showpieces of just about anything (human figures, animals, plants, Lords’ statues, monuments, even Angry Birds!! Sky is the limit of imagination!)

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Burnt clay or Terracotta Angry Birds made by creative Odisha craftsmen!

Recently, a Mruttika Fair was held in Bhubaneswar before the Festival of Lights- Diwali. The variety of creative and brilliant terracotta crafts are simply to be seen to be believed:

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Clay Piggy Banks in coconut form!

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Colorful Vases & clay Ganeshas & elephants!

It is absolutely interesting to see the Odisha clay craftsmen at work, producing colorful clay masterpieces:

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Busy at work!

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So sweet vegetable sellers!

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Same stall had craftsmen working live on the cute clay musicians! See how they are first brown and clay, then bodies painted & finally eyes!

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Bright clay figures doing the Indian ‘Namaskaar’!!

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Beautiful, colorful vases!

Mind-blowing are not they?!

In case you just fell in love with any or all of these lovely clay items, do let us know at sabatexports@gmail.com and we will ship these for you!

**Linking to letter T of ABC Wednesday (Terracotta, talented) and to Wordless Wednesday #109