Odisha to promote its handicrafts during Hockey World Cup

  • | Thursday | 8th November, 2018

They are working hard to make the artifacts within the deadline as very few days are left for the hockey world cup,” Sahu added.Sambalpuri Bastralaya has been assigned the task of making 610 silk stoles. The state also participated in other national and international events and organised its first roadshows in Malaysia and Thailand. BHUBANESWAR: With an aim to make the best use of upcoming Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup as a platform to promote rich cultural heritage to the world, Odisha government has decided to use trophies and mementos made of local handicrafts and handloom.The specially designed gifts and mementos have been made in Odisha’s traditional Dhokra and silver filigree work while the players and officials will be given silk stoles woven in traditional Sambalpuri style.“Apart from players, officials and audiences from the 16 participating countries in the world cup, sports lovers from across the globe will visit Bhubaneswar for the world cup. The trophies are being packed in attractive acrylic, velvet and lacquer boxes.“All artisans engaged in making these products are award winning artists of the state. We must not miss the opportunity to showcase the rich traditional and cultural heritage,” said Satya Ranjan Sahu, managing director of Utkalika, the Odisha State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Ltd.Sahu said, the dhokra trophies are being made by dhokra artists of Mayurbhanj district while silver trophies are being made by the filigree artists of Cuttack .

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