Prominent Locations of Handi Crafts Making in Srikakulam District :
1. Ponduru Known for Sanna Khaadi (Fine Cotton Fabric) & Brass Works & Temple Ornaments : Photos & Awards
This small village called Ponduru is about 20 Kms from Srikakulam Town and about 100 Kms from Visakhapatnam City. The Artisans from Ponduru have acquired such Extra Ordinary Skills, that the Hand Woven Ponduru Khadi cloth is being exported to all over the Globe. Even Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was so impressed with the Khadi cloth from Ponduru, that he used to ask for and regularly wear .
Apart from the Extra ordinary Skills in Weaving, Ponduru is also famous for the intricate Brass Works such as Mementos, Trophies, Idols and Temple related Ornaments etc. The hand polished Mirrors made out of Super fine Brass Plates (Without using any Glass) are an example of the wonderful skill sets of these Artisans.
2. Budithi Known for Bronze Works ( Idols/ Plaques/ Gift Items etc) : Photos & Awards
Budithi Village , in Jalumuru Mandal is about 40 Kms from Srikakulam Town . Bronze works from Budithi are known all over the country. The intricate weaving in Bronze is a feast for the eyes. Mirrors made with the ultra finish Bronze plate is a superb piece of Workmanship. Idols of Gods, Chariots, Flower Vases, Mementos, Interior Decorative Elements, Utensils etc are made with highest standards of workmanship. These Products are much sought after by the Tourists and Locals alike.
3. Bejjipuram Known for Natural Fibre Based Handicrafts : Photos & Awards
Jute, Locally known as Mesta Fibre, is abundantly available in Srikakulam District. It is a natural product and hence ECO Friendly. Apart from Jute, some other natural derivative products like Lemon Grass, Banana, Sisal, Chambak Fibres are also available in plenty in the Rural Areas of the District. Over many Years,The Local People acquired special skills to make Handi Crafts out of these, otherwise, wasteful By Products of Agriculture. They also got expertise in preparing Natural Dyes with Vegetables, Leaves, Tree Barks etc and started making the Products more Appealiong and Long Lasting. In the process , Painting and Art Work skills are blended with Hand Stitching / Weaving / Applique Work / Banjara Craft etc. The Artisans are further helped and Retrained by the Government Initiatives to tune their Skills to Market Requirements.
The Final Outcome is a beautiful Handiwork in the form of Decorative Pieces, Door Mats, Table Tops, hand Bags, Gift Items , Chairs, Corner Tables, Hanging Swings , Floor Coverings, Durries, Photo Frames , Flower Pots etc etc.
These products find instant Markets in places Far and Wide across the Globe, bringing Glory to the Local Societies of Srikakulam District.