Pipili of Odisha is situated on the main road of Bhubaneswar to Puri , is famous for designing beautiful applique handicrafts. Applique works of Pipili is also known as patching cloth design. The local name of this handicraft is Chandua.
The craft form is intertwined with the rituals and traditions of Lord Jagannath of world famous Puri temple unlike the other arts of the state . The applique items are mainly used during processions of the deities in their various ritual outings.
Items like Chhati, Tarasa and Chandua etc. are used for the purpose. As a legend, the Pipili derived its name from Pirs (holy Muslim ) The applique work in its colourful bese is most prominent in the cloth cover of the three chariots of the presiding deities in which the Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra travel every year during the Ratha Yatra or Car Festival.
Pipili is also known for its patching cloth design. The local name of this handicraft is Chandua. On the main road at Pipili there are many shops selling Applique work products. The tourist visiting Puri buy these products from Pipili .
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