Handicrafts of Koraput mirror the vivid imagination and skillful artistry of the indigenous people- the things that make Koraput handicrfts stand apart. The exquiste, vegetable-dyed scarves and saris spun by 'Mirgan' weavers are Koraput's signature handicrafts, nationally awarded and internationally renowned for their breathtaking beauty and rare artistry. Besides this , there are other handicrafts ranging from terracotta to metal work.
In this wonderful land of beauty and bounty and Art exhibition-cum-Artists camp on natural land scap and tribal way of life is quite befitting which will expose its wonders in canvas. Besides, Koraput region is rich with traditional Art, Craft and embroidery etc. In this context, the Art exhibition and Artist camp are organized.Participants : Artists and Craft persons from Koraput region and outside.Artists from neighbouring States.
Orgainser : Staff of Art School, Jeypore.
Associated Agencies : Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi and Kendriya Lalit Kala Akademi.
Likewise Koraput Region is also rich with traditional Art, Craft, like Paper making, mask making, lacquer art, bamboo craft, docra casting, terracotta, metal works, weaving, leaf art, paddy craft etc. To give the artists an exposure to the outer world and also a scope to exchange their ideas with the artists of other region, a Craft mela will be organized inviting eminent artists from Koraput region, other districts and from neighbouring States. This Craft Mela will be in a demonstrative form actively participated by the artists.
Since inception of PARAB in Koraput, exhibitions have been a part of the Main Festival with Gramshree Mela by CAPART being held in 1997 and Crafts Mela and Pallishree Mela held in 1998, and Rural Technology Fair and Crafts Mela in 2000. The main objectives of these exhibitions have been:
1 . To enable the rural producers to get direct exposure to the market and get feed back from the end users.
2 . To provide a chance to the general public to buy art and craft of different regions directly from the producers.
3 . To provide marketing channel for Swarojagaries assisted by various Government anti-poverty programmes.
Exhibitions conducted during all these years have been highly successful in achieving the above objectives. Rural Technology fair held during PARAB, 2000 has been instrumental in identification of few rural technologies relevant for our area and few technologies like Dal processing (CFIRI Mini Dal Mill) and leaf place making have already been adopted by Self Help Groups of the district.
Funds for conducting the exhibitions have been provided by Industries Department, CAPART and ORMAS and D.I.C. and D.S.M.S. have been instrumental in successful conduct of the exhibitions every year.