Odisha possesses a wide range of art and craft and the odia artisans are experts in making splendid hand made pieces of handicraft. Many such art of the state has received awe-inspiring laurels from across the world. The number of handicrafts being made and created in odisha includes Patta Chitra, Sand Art, Metal Work, Stone Carving and wooden work and many more so on. Odisha artists create amazing masterpieces of art and crafts that are now popular not only in India but across the globe.
Stone Carving is another craft that holds prime position in the handicraft market of Odish. The work of this craft can be seen in the many monuments, sculptures and temples in Odisha. Artisans of Odisha use variety of materials for sculpting. The various stones used for sculpture making include white soapstone called ‘Khadipathara’, which is very soft as well as the hardest black granite called ‘mugunipathara’. They also use greenish chlorite or ‘Kochilapathara’, and pinkish Khandolite.