Next destination was Pipili which is famous for its applique work. The entire place is full of brightly colored patchwork items like huge umbrellas, bed sheets, lamps, purse, handbags and various other beautiful items. There are lot of shops from where applique handicrafts can be purchased, however not before bargaining as this is a bit commercialized area.
Located at a distance of about 185 km from the sanctuary and 20 km from Bhubaneswar, lies the rustic village of Pipli. This small village is acknowledged in the region for its beautiful Applique handicrafts. Shop for some authentic souvenirs for your loved ones while exploring a typical village in the heart of Odisha.Cuisine on offerSince Gahirmatha is not a mainstream tourist hub per se, there’s not much to explore around in terms of food apart from some small shacks on the Gahirmatha Beach. However, foodies can flock to the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar to get a taste of authentic Odiya food with dishes such as Mudhi Ghanta (fish), Crab Kalia, Bhendi Bhaja and Chhena Jalebi. Here are some of the best spots in the city you should be heading to for a delectable meal:
Around 40 km from Puri, the people of Pipili Village have mastered the French handicraft technique, called Appliqué. Colourful fabric is cut and sewn on a foundation fabric creating incredible art on the fabric.
Amazing Applique works. You can see the artisans at work here. I was impressed by their skill and deftness. Pipli is home to some of India's most famous arts and crafts.