Udayagiri wooden cutlery consists of finely carved spoons, forks, knives, and bowls, and is one of the few traditional art forms that are both functional and decorative. Its earliest recorded history begins in the 14th century, during which it was the local kingdom of the Gajapatis of Odisha.

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Process of Cuttlery of Udayagiri

The most common wood that is used is made of Nardi, which is very much easy to handle. Logs are collected from the hills of Durgan Paris near Udayagiri. These products include spoons, forks, salad bowls, and more. A small spoon or Paris is made from Nardi and Bikki trees. The large spoons and forks are made of hardwood called Kaldi.

Cuttlery of Udayagiri

Udayigiri cutlery is known for its exquisite carvings and exquisite proportions and is made by several local artisans. This technique probably began during the reign of King Quli Qutub Shah. Sculptures are made from the wood of local origin in and around Udayagiri, such as Nardi, Devadari, Bikki Chakka, Kaldi Chakka, or Palabarki. Cutlery has influenced Persian motifs and shapes and is mainly sold as gifts and table decorations. The women here formed an organization that produced cutlery, and artisans formed the Udayagiri Cutlery Mutual Aid Association.

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