Handicrafts are part of Odisha's rich cultural heritage. These are mainly works of art and beauty, designed and shaped by hand with creative imagination of craft-persons from time immortal. Odisha was once known as UTKAL a synonym to excellence in the field of arts & crafts. Handicraft and Handloom products were the main stay of maritime trade of Kalinga Empire. Even to-day Odisha handicrafts have a global recognition as objects of great value and beauty. Generations of artisans have worked with superb craftsmanship, innovative techniques and unmatched skill to produce valuable products that carved worldwide identity. Our precious handicrafts are not merely products; they are an integral part of culture, a long heritage link to our glorious past. Recognition of our craft persons at national and International level speaks the excellence of craftsmanship. 129 Master craft persons have got National Award and National Merit Certificate. Three master craft persons have been conferred with Padma award while Shilpi Guru award has been conferred on three reputed craft persons.