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Shopping at Mayurbhanj

The economy of Mayurbhanj District is mostly dependent on agriculture. The agro climatic zone and the favorable soil type induce the proper growth of agriculture in the District of Mayurbhanj. Paddy is the major cultivated crop, followed by pulses and oilseeds. While there has been decrease in the coverage of Khariff paddy in high lands, the area under pulses, oilseeds and other cereals has been showing an increasing trend due to diversification of cropping pattern in such land. Moreover the land utilisation pattern is quite accommodating for the genesis in the field of agriculture.

Quite a good number of small scale industries including Mineral grinding, Stone Crushing, China–Clay Washing, Ceramic industries, Fertilizer, Safety Matches, Paper Mill, Paints and Chemicals, Washing, Soap, Electrical Items, High–Voltage, cable manufacturing, Aluminum Utensils, Cold Storage, Mechanised Hatchery, General Fabrication, Sheet–Metals, Poly–leaf Cups and plates making, cement products, Sabai products, rice–Huller, flour mill and allied repairing and servicing etc. serve the industrial economy of Mayurbhanj District.

Dhokra (Art Metal Casting)  The dhokras are adivasis and like their counterparts in Dhenkanal and Keonjhar district and neighboring state of West Bengal they used to make metal casting items purely for house-hold use. They are a nomadic tribe and roaming about from place to place to find their living by marketing their products. A few years ago the primitive vigour and character of the Dhokra metal ware was discovered and there has since been a rising demand for these products. The major raw materials are natural wax from beehives fine wood/ charcoal and bell-metal etc., which are locally available. At present about 300 artisan are working in the trade at different pockets of the district.


Sabai Grass Product: Sabai grass is grown in a wide part of Mayurbhanj district which is mainly used for making Sabai Rope. Sabai Ropes are mostly sold out side the state for use in weaving Charpai (Cots) and in paper manufacturing concerns. Sabai rope is also used in making Sofa sets, Chairs, Tea Poy etc. The main body frames of the Chairs and sofas are made in Bamboo and wood and Sabai rope is woven and coiled over the frame to give a finishing shape, which attains exceptional excellence. The civil Jail of Baripada is pioneer in introducing such Sofa and some other items namely Car mats, Screens, Carpets etc.


Tussar Textile Few Organisations are cultivating and producing silk. The process starts with drafting and crafting. Females usually assist in reeling the tussar threads holding ‘natai’ in their right hand and unwinding the thread around the cocoons with their other hand. Twisting the filament, the weaver winds the yarns on the wooden ‘natai’ at a continuous speed. Threads are dyed in different shades, such as maroon, red, plum and rust.

costume jewellery has been part of culture for almost 300 years. During the 18th century, jewelers began making pieces with inexpensive glass. In the 19th century, costume jewelry made of semi-precious material came into the market. Jewels made of semi-precious material were more affordable, and this affordability gave common people the chance to own costume jewellery.


Bamboo Craft a fast growing, versatile woody grass is found across the country. It is an economic resource having immense potential for improving the quality of life of rural and urban communities with environment regeneration qualities like carbon sequestering. Bamboos has versatile uses as building material, paper pulp resource, scaolding, food, agriculture implements, shing rods, weaving material, plywood and particle board manufacture. Pickled or stewed bamboo shoots are regarded as delicacies in many parts of the country. A major user of bamboo in India is paper industry, which consumes sizeable proportion of the total annual bamboo production. Today bamboo adorns the homes of the rich and elite and mud-houses alike. Many useful as well as decorative items are made out of these. Baskets and mats are the most popular items in this category. Fishing contraptions are prepared of bamboo and cane, each with a distinct shape. One the most interesting and colorful item is bamboo and leaf-headgear for tea garden workers and farmers. Umbrella handles are made out of bamboo. A number of designs like leaves, plants and creepers are etched on them. A variety of furniture items are made to suit the modern homes.


Artistic Mats in Orissa is rich with tribal cultural assemblage. Sauras are one of the oldest tribes of India. Saura tribal paintings are mainly ‘wall murals’ in their houses based on religious and ceremonial themes. These paintings convey great aesthetic sense reflecting their life style….the various symbols convey a special meaning and purpose.The triangular forms of the body with stick like extremities are almost like ‘Warli’…, another tribal art belongs to Thane (near Pune- Maharashtra), but Saura art is colorful. The characters are white in warli and the culture depicted in Warli also is different. In both Saura and Warli tribal arts, no features are drawn on the human face but the characters can tell us stories with their ‘gestures’ even without the facial expressions !!!…