Puri has a very wide and distinctive
selection of handicrafts. Best known is probably the gorgeous applique work of
Pipili. Pipili is on the way from Puri to Bhubaneswar. It is 40
kilometres from Puri, at the junction where the konark road branches from the
Bhubaneswar to Puri road. It is a small village. On the main road at Pipili there are many shops selling Applique work products, tourist visiting Puri buy these products from Pipili. It is famous in Orissa as well
as in India for it's applique craft. Each and every family of the village
engaged themeselves in this applique craft. Most of the people of the village
depend on this applique craft for their day to day life. Applique, a French term, is a technique by which various cutting pieces of coloured fabrics are applied to the surface of another foundation fabric. Applique works of Pipili is also known as patching cloth design and in local language this handicraft is known as 'Chandua'.
and chhatris(umbrellas) that bear magnificent appliques and designs of great
artistic skill are manufactured at pipili and puri. It is a hereditary
craft. Brightly coloured patches of fabric, cut into animal and flower shapes, are
sewn onto bed covers, cushions, wall hangings etc. The art form typically
depended on four basis colours, red, white, black and yellow to produce a striking
effect. In recent years, green too has been applied vigorously enlivening the
craft even more.
type of worship or sacrificial work is incomplete without pipili
chandua. Canopies, chhatries and tarasas made in applique process are
increasingly finding place in festivities. In every religious geity be it the
car festival or the minor event of festive, shamiana or the canopies are
displayed significantly. Wide scale use of shamiana are seen in the various
festival of Lord Jagannath. Since the Lord's rituals are more of the nature of
the daily routine of human being, fan, umbrella of applique work are in rampant
use to save the deity from the scorching heat of Sun or the rough weather. In
chandan yatra the entire procession is taken out displaying and covering the
deities with chattris of applique work. Further, the chandua another marvel of
applique work has become a household commodity in almost every riligious work.
used in the religious function, with the touch of a little modernity, garments of
varied designs are also made with it. Ladies item like
frock, blouse, purse, handbags etc. are in great demand among tourists. Screens of
bigger size with applique touch are also been made depicting the different
charecters of religious myth for interior design or decoration of houses.
One 54 Mtr. Long Applique work based on theme of "Struggle for Independence in India " recognized by LIMKA BOOK RECORDS 2004 as 'Longest Thematic Applique'.