One of the most ancient crafts of the world, etching and paintings on the palm leaf still thrives in the state of Orissa in India. The art originated when written communication began. Messages and manuscripts were written on the palm leaf initially. Gradually the trend to decorate the text with images began and it became an art in itself. This etchings capture the themes of mythological incidents, Gods and Goddesses figures complete with details of hair style and dress, animals, flowers and trees etc.