Originally used in festivals it now finds a way into our home and schools too. The craft involves embroidering and stitching of small pieces of colored cloth with motifs of flowers, animals, village scene and traditional designs on to a larger base cloth.
The distinctive style of Appliqué embroidery is a specialty of the 'Darji' (Tailor) community of Pipili in Orissa State.
As each is hand made, each is unique in how the colours are used in the parts of the appliqué. Appliqué trade has turned out to be the trade which has employed largest number of rural women artisans of Orissa. This is an important industry for these women.
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