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Rupa Tarakasi

Published: 14th Mar, 2024

Rupa Tarakasi


Rupa Tarakasi, the silver filigree work of Cuttack in Odisha. This handicraft has recently received the geographical indication (GI) tag. 


  • Tarakasi is one of Odisha's most stunning handicrafts. The word "tara" in Odia means wire, while "kasi" means design.
  • This handicraft involves cutting silver bricks into thin wires or foils to create jewellery and showpieces.
  • Tarakasi ornaments are perfect for any occasion, but the wide range of artefacts available, including floral and animal shapes, boxes and containers, tiny boats, and figurines, can also be used for interior decoration or as gifts.
  • The delicate silver wires are beaten and shaped into various objects, from jewellery and ornaments to intricate items such as peacocks, boxes, and even the Sun deity riding his chariot pulled by seven horses.
  • Tarakasi craftsmen have even decorated idols of the goddess Durga with their exquisite workmanship.

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