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Wherever one goes in Orissa, one can find almost the entire range of arts and crafts in the market places of the main towns and cities. Co-operative societies have played an important role in preserving the rich craft heritage of the State by ensuring easy access to customers and thus sustaining a continuous demand for products. But perhaps the secret of Orissa's crafts lies in their fascinating combination of beauty and utility-a tribute to the vision of the craftsmen. Instead of being merely decorative reminders of another age, the crafts of Orissa are gloriously alive-suited to modern tastes and yet retaining all the essential traditional links with a checkered past.

Palm leaf was considered so sacred that even after printing presses began operating in Orissa, important texts continued to be printed on the leaves instead of paper. The printing of New Year cards and wedding invitations on palm leaf is still popular in Orissa.

Palm leaf craft of Orissa has a long traditional history and the women of rural area are in habit of using palm leaves for production of household articles. Palm leaves have been considered as sacred container for offering Prasad in temples and other places of worships. After thousands of year, even today the Prasad of world famous Lord Jagannath temple at Puri is being distributed to the devotees in palm leaf containers.

Orissa State Palmgur Cooperative Federation is an apex Cooperative Organisation established by Govt. of Orissa (India) having its registered office at - Udyogapuri, Po. Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar-751030. This Organisation has been providing various support and services in the field of production, quality control and marketing to the rural women artisans belonging to backward and weaker sections of the society for more than 45 years. The rural women seating in their own houses have been able to earn their livelihood by engaging themselves in producing environment friendly, bio-degradable palm leaf decorative, utility and fancy products by utilizing the natural resources (green and tender leaves of palm trees). These palm leaf articles have wide range of applications beginning from fruit containers to bedside boxes, laundry boxes and showpieces for decorative purpose etc. Our Organisation has been consistently assisting poor rural women for strengthening their economy condition and social empowerment. Besides, by our sincere endeavor the tribal community who were using the palm juice, as "Toddy" have been successfully motivated and now they are all engaged in economy activities such as production of palm jaggery, palm candy and other products. The Organisation has been also constantly providing technological support in the field of processing of palm juice, utilizing different parts of palm trees for house hold utility items as a result a large number of employment generation has been made possible. The growing demand of palm leaf and other allied palm products in the international market has created further scope of creating additional employment for strengthening the economy of rural India.

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Palm leaf fancy items   Palm leaf Utility items
     
 
     
The artistic and beautiful fancy palm leaf articles have the natural choice of the people. The demand of the products are being made through the trade fairs, exhibitions and show room.   Palm leaf utility articles are light in weight, eco-friendly and biodegradable. In developed countries plastic utility items are being substituted by palm leaf articles.
     
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