Andhra Pradesh is famous for its Udayagiri Cutlery, made in Udayagiri town of Nellore district. The origin of the craft dates back to 14th century, during the rule of Gajapathi Kings, and later it was patronized by the rulers of Vijayanagara Empire. When compared to plastic, choosing wooden cutlery is an eco-friendly option.
Although the art lost its popularity for a brief period in the interim, the Nawabs and Jagirs’ rule in 18th and 19th century led to its revival, with people from the Muslim community preparing the cutlery from the wood available around the forests of Udayagiri.The major cutlery items made of wood are forks, spoons, knives,salad bowls and other wooden crafts which are very popular among the customers. Lepakshi, the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation, has succeeded in bringing Geographic Indication (GI) to Udayagiri Cutlery. With the passing of time, new techniques have been introduced and many families in the town of Udayagiri are involved in creating some of the finest quality wooden cutlery that has brought name and fame, including GI tag for this unique art work.