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  • Proof that Indian handicrafts are incredibly appreciated around the World

    Indian handicrafts are as unique as its ancient history and diverse culture. It will not be an exaggeration of the fact that Indian art has emerged as a saviour of nature, tradition and culture since the start of time. One of the recent examples can be of Madhubani art. This art was the reason to put an end to deforestation in Bihar area in 2012, which attracted many tourists by its colourful artwork.  This is how art and Indian culture are entangled to each other. The world is also now a supporter of the incredible Indian handicrafts and its popularity is increasing with each day.

    Poompuhar is also offering its humble contribution in promoting Indian handicraft on the national and international level. You can just go online and check out our latest collection and help us shop for interesting handicrafts.

    With all the modern inventions booming in the field of art and crafts, let us take some time to learn a little about our popular ancient incredible Indian handicraft crafts. Kashmir is popular for its papermache and walnut wood decorative handicraft. Walnut wood crafts are also famous in Kashmir which is generally based on animals. Eco-friendly tribal art in east India is very popular and they use wood, fibres, metal, stones and so on.

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    Western India offers a large variety of handicrafts such as Textile, Jewellery, carpets, woodwork, Quilts, Marble crafts, Terracotta items, meenakari items and others. South Indian states are known for exotic Bnidri art, statues made of brass or wood, leather work, coconut handicraft and so on. Tanjur paintings exquisitely depict stories and beliefs belonging to various religions such as  Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Christianity, Sikhism, and many more which display the real spirit of Indian culture.

    Indian art has become popular around the world due to the hard work of the artisans and their handicrafts products. These crafts are handmade, manually engraved and painted, carved and molded by talented artists which makes them unique as well as popular.

  • Poompuhar Envisions to Secure the future of Indian Handicrafts

    Indian art, like the systems of Indian philosophy, was rooted in that truth, and so were Indian music and dance. Together they evolved as related expressions of man’s humanity, symbolized by a tree inverted, whose leaves and branches and fruits are spread upon earth, and its roots in the cosmic space.

    Indian handicraft has travelled a long journey to reach where it is today. It is one of the popular choices around the world even after experiencing so many ups and down in the past. The root of Indian handicraft is connected to its rich and diverse culture and traditions. Poompuhar is supporting this heritage by supporting the future of Indian artisans and Indian handicrafts.

    Poompuhar originated in 1973 due to the efforts of Tamil Nadu government and is also known as the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation.

    The Corporation supports the various artists who have dedicated their lives to art and crafts and followed their forefathers’ professions. It offers them to earn while focussing on their creativity.  Most of the artisans work with stone, clay, brass, wood, silver, gold, cane,  ivory, bamboo, cotton, silk and bronze. The corporation is also known as Poompuhar based on an ancient and beautiful coastal city of Tamil Nadu. The Corporation has its presence in various districts of the Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, and Erode.

    • The Corporation is known to implement several schemes for the welfare and development of the deteriorating or forgotten groups of crafts
    • Some of the examples of the crafts that have benefitted are lacquer ware, papermache, mat weaving, and terracotta
    • They also established general facility units for artisans, also known as, ‘Urban Hatt’ for proper marketing of these crafts
    • These units are supported financially by the state as well as central government
    • Poompuhar organize an annual competition to motivate and promote the work of these artisans and offer awards such as a gold medal, certificates or cash prizes to top ten craftsmen
    • The handicrafts are promoted on the vast Poompuhar network of more than 18 stores
    • They also organize exhibitions across the nation to maintain a constant income source of these artists
    • In addition to the above marketing activities, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Corporation also owns six production units.
  • Evolution of Thanjavur Paintings

    Thanjavur paintings are a significant part of from Indian art and culture, named after its place of origin called Thanjavur in South India. It dates back to the 16th century during the Nayak and the Maratha reign.

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    Exceptional characteristics of Thanjavur Paintings

    • Rich and intense colours
    • Iconic Jewellery details
    • Dreamy iconic masterpieces
    • Use of gold foils
    • Dense gesso craft
    • Glass beads inlay
    • Use of rare gems
    • Panel paintings on wood
    • Commonly portray religious texts from books and stories

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    However, with time, the art of Thanjavur painting has also evolved and few of the common practices have also changed. We will discuss the changes that this art has experienced over the years. The ingredients of an authentic painting have transformed in current times as per the availability, price, and artists interests.

    Major Changes noticed during the evolution of this art –

    • The base of the paintings – Presently ply boards are been used commonly instead of the original base from the jackfruit tree
    • Colours – Chemical paints are used frequently as opposed to the natural colours made by the artists in previous times.
    • Paintings nowadays cover all kinds of subjects. Earlier, the themes used to be divine figures, deities etc.
    • Use of rare and precious gems and stones has been replaced by semi-precious gems

    Thanjavur paintings are still in style and inspire many modern-day artists. Tanjore or Thanjavur paintings are popular handicraft item in the markets around the galleries across the globe and make the best souvenirs. This art gives a new look to the house with its radiant work. These paintings have stood the test of times and bounced back to create their place across every households and professional venue.

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    At Poompuhar we understand the value of a genuine art and try to offer our customers the best options. You can visit our online store for more options and deals.

  • Popular Upcoming Handicrafts Exhibitions in India 2018-19

    How would you like if we tell you that we have got brilliants plans for you to indulge in your favourite interest of admiring new and trendy handicrafts? Below are the upcoming art and craft shows in India. Every one of them has something special to offer with their diverse collections.

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    1. Index Trade Fair

    Index trade fair will be held from 3rd May to 6th May 2018 in Mumbai. This is an international event which displays beautiful home furniture from various countries like Italy, Malaysia, Turkey,  and India. The event is organized by UBM plc and only professional visitors are allowed. It is a great platform to admire trendy designs from the furniture world.

    https://www.tradefairdates.com/Index-M7229/Mumbai.html

    1. Art & Design Fair International Event

    Art & Design Fair International event will be a four-day exhibition in Mumbai from 22nd to 25th August 2018. The event will offer innovative and exceptional handicrafts designs in various niches such as home décor, gifts, jewellery, candles & so on. The popular Bombay Exhibition Centre is the largest exhibition centre in the country.

    https://www.tradefairdates.com/Art-Design-Fair-International-M10792/Mumbai.html

    1. The Handcrafts and Handlooms Fair

    The Handcrafts and Handlooms Fair will be organized by IIMTF which will showcase the handicrafts, handlooms and various jute items including jewellery, statues, textiles, carpets, décor pieces, bags, accessories, wall hangings, and fibre products. The exhibition will be a platform for artists and manufacturers to introduce their work and to do business. Check out the given link for browse exhibition calendar.

    http://gsmktg.com/handicrafts-and-handlooms-fair/

    1. IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn

    IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn will be Asia's biggest handicrafts trade fair and will offer gifts and latest handicrafts from around the world such as stonework, jewellery, ceramics, copper work, decor pieces, ethnic items, gifts, metal objects, sculpture, paintings, etc. The event will be held from 14th to 18th October 2018 in Greater Noida.

    https://10times.com/handicraft-gift-fair

    1. India Art Festival

    India Art Festival is a four-day event and is said to be the perfect blend of a modern and contemporary craft. Next year it will be hosted from 17th to 20th January 2019 in Mumbai.  The event will create a dialogue between art collectors and artists in the presence of leading industry experts. This festival aims to display the beauty and value of the elegant and modern art of current times.

    https://10times.com/india-art-festival

  • Where to find authentic handicraft items while travelling to Tamil Nadu

    Almost all tourists know that India is an ideal place when it comes to authentic handicraft products. Frankly speaking, the country is so rich that each and every single state in the country has plenty to offer. If you are travelling in South India you will be surprised how many handicrafts you can find just in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for various marvellous arts: genuine silk and cotton fabrics, awesome jewellery, metal and stone statues, and Palmyra fibres.

    World-famous Kanjeevaram silk sarees

    Tamil Nadu can definitely boast of exquisite silk and traditional sarees made of it in the region called Kanjeevaram or Kancheepuram. At the moment more than 5000 families are involved in saree production in this place only. There are approximately 75 yarn and dyeing workshops in Kanjeevaram only! Pure mulberry silk is used to create these sarees with wide bright and contrast borders. If you want to buy a genuine Kanjeevaram garment, you should remember that the main feature of these sarees is that the border and the main body of the saree created separately. After that, they get gently but tightly interlocked together. One can buy this garment directly from the outlets in Kanjeevaram itself and in various shops of Chennai.

    Palmyra fibre products

    These authentic and eco-friendly handicrafts can be found in Tamil Nadu. Palmyra tree is an official symbol of the state. It is widely used in the life of common people but also there are plenty of authentic handicrafts created from its leaves and fibre. Brooms, brushes, baskets, pen stand, gift boxes, mats, wall hangings, and even pencils cases of different styles and colours are easily available in the state almost everywhere. The traditional and unique art of palm leaf basketry exists today, thanks to the rural craft culture of Tamil Nadu.

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    Kumbakonam metal statues and ware

    The place called Kumbakonam is famous for its brass and bronze statues of different deities. Made in a traditional way, these authentic handicrafts of high quality and elaborate designs are really worth buying. Gods, goddesses, bells, glasses, dishes, and home decorations can be bought in not only in Kumbakonam but almost everywhere in Tamil Nadu.

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    You can also buy handicraft items online from Poompuhar, The Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, which has its Emporia in almost all district towns of Tamilnadu including others cities across the country like Bangalore, New Delhi and Calcutta.

  • Popular places in India to experience the perfect blend of authentic art and famous regional cuisine

    When it comes to travelling one wants to get the best from his tour, especially to such incredible country like India. Tourists are eager to experience both local cuisines and get authentic handicrafts. Of course, certain Indian states are really famous for their food and art. You can start your gastronomic adventure in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kashmir, Gujarat, West Bengal or Himachal Pradesh.

    Colourful Rajasthan

    This state is really famous for its unique authentic handicraft. If you find yourself in the capital of Rajasthan Jaipur, you will definitely explore local souvenir shops which have a lot to offer: handmade jewellery, carpets, paintings, quilts, pottery, textiles, and even wooden furniture. The first thing that visitor notice about local art is its bright colours! Of course, it is worth trying local cuisine. Foodies will be happy to try various curries and sweet, and certainly, vegetable dishes like extremely popular GovindGatte (a gravy with dumplings), and healthy Khichdi (a type of lentil and rice soup). As for non-vegetarian dishes, one can discover mouth-watering hot and spicy Laal Maas and Mohan Maas.

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    Gujarat: a western jewel of the country

    One more fascinating state to visit is Gujarat located in the Western part of the country. Local food is vegetarian, and seafood isn't prepared, despite the state having access to the sea. Almost everywhere a tourist can try various curries (potato, bitter and bottle gourd, black-eyed peas, beans, and ladyfinger). It is definitely worth trying different types of homemade bread (PuranPoli, thepla, and famous puri) prepared with various combinations of spices, pulses, and flour. Apart from local cuisine, it is really interesting to discover regional handicrafts: world-famous Patola sarees, embroideries, unusual wall hangings, needlework, pottery, handmade jewellery, wooden products, pillow and cushion covers, and exquisite patchwork with tiny mirrors.

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    Himachal Pradesh: unique authentic crafts

    Visitors like Himachal Pradesh for its awesome nature, unusual cuisine and authentic crafts. They include rugs, carpets, shawls, wood carvings, paintings, metal and stonework, lamps, and jewellery. Being a vegetarian state, local cuisine is ready to offer you delicious Madra (chickpeas with veggies), famous tudkiyabhath (a rice dish), and exotic they (spicy lotus stems). In this state, tourist can try various dishes from traditional Tibetan cuisine too.

  • Amazing and easy DIY wall painting ideas

    Looking for some simple and awesome DIY ideas to decorate your plain walls? There are a lot of interesting and creative ways to do that even on an extremely tight budget!

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    1. A piece of fabric in the frame

    If you are lucky to have several old empty frames, you can use them in your astounding DIY project immediately! Take a frame, put some interesting fabric sample inside, and it is ready! Instead of fabric, you can use wallpapers with different prints.

    1. A colorful honeycomb

    This type of an art object may be applied to the whole wall of any size. The best to make it look awesome in to combine the neighboring shades leaving few ones just blank.

    1. Glow in the dark paint

    If there is any possibility for you to make such a paint available that glows in the darkness, then a lot of experimentation will be needed. With such tool, starry night with a moon won’t be a problem anymore! This type of a paint is easily available in local shops and online stores.

    1. Paper butterflies and other creatures

    A lot of creative people prefer working with paper as it is extremely versatile and eco-friendly material. For this incredible cheap project, you should cut a number of butterflies from colorful paper and attach them to the wall directly with glue or to a special frame with a attached canvas. This DIY idea doesn’t require any painting skills but at the same time, there is no limit to creativity and colors.

    1. Stylish polka dots

    Classy polka dots don't only look awesome on your T-shirts or dresses, but also on the walls of your bedroom. They can be just painted with the help of a ready-made pattern or one can directly attach special sticky adhesive circles imitating various textures. If you use paint for this project, make sure that the circles look neat and really round.

    1. Amazing graffiti

    Graffiti once appeared in the streets of big cities and for a long time, people didn't accept it as an art. Fortunately, now graffiti can be on the walls of your living room or a loft. And of course, it will look fantastic! This DIY idea looks quite affordable, but it may require experience, patience and certain skills.

  • How to use inherited art and furniture to decorate your home in a modern way

    It is not that easy to make the best from inherited art and furniture, especially when you have an emotional connection with such art objects. Unfortunately, some people just decide to get rid of such items by donating or selling them out. It is certain that others definitely struggle to incorporate them into a modern design of a flat or a house. Of course, there are few good ways to make your home look modern even using such precious pieces of art and furniture. Expensive antiques pieces made of silver, brass, walnut, bronze, maple, and marble are really worth including into your house.

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    Modern vintage 

    This term appeared only few years ago and has already become quite popular everywhere in the world. In fact, it means mixing old with modern. Sometimes unexpectedly good trendy combinations may come up with a little bit of mixing experimentation. Who knows, maybe your grandfather's antique clock will be in the limelight in your modern sitting room?

    Change the color and material

    It may really happen that a faded color is the thing which doesn't let you include a vintage object into your room. Actually, it is the easiest way to make old furniture look modern. Try to choose carefully a new trendy color. One more way is to change the main material of a treasured sofa or an armchair. However, you can have it done from a professional workshop. Don’t be scared to pick bright stylish shades, floral and striped patterns, and unusual brand-new fabrics to make it look and feel cozy.

     The right balance

    Already existing objects in the room should be in proper balance with inherited art and furniture. A single antique mirror or cupboard will look gorgeous when it is surrounded by contemporary furniture. It is advisable to keep only one vintage piece in each room decorating it with bright clothes, plants or even flowers.

    If you are a lucky one who inherited treasured old ceramics, silver plates, paintings, mirrors or clocks, don’t get discouraged. Do your best mixing vintage objects with contemporary ones and exploring new color and textile combinations.

  • Mamallapuram Joins the League of Craft Cities of the World

    The rock-cut city of Mamallapuram has recently added another feather to its hat. Three years after being crowned the 'World Stone Carving City' by UNESCO’s World Crafts Council, the city has finally earned a plaque for the same. On 8th March, 2018 which was observed as Artisan’s Day in the state, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr E Palaniswami formally announced the installation of the plaque inscribed with 'World Stone Carving City’.

    With this move, Mamallapuram has become one of the 19 craft cities across the world and joined Jaipur to occupy this prestigious place. Mamallapuram is an open handicraft museum, owing to the rich collection of rock cut figures, temples and especially monoliths that dot the city. With this new recognition, the artisans of Mamallapuram would be recognised on the international platform on par with other similar cities, and hopefully, benefit from this exposure.

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  • Five Ways to Differentiate between Fake & Authentic Handicrafts and Artworks

    Each year, hundreds of artists and craftsmen go out of business. Marginalised by intense competition and a lack of sufficient administrative support, these unrecognised heroes who have played a significant part in the preservation of the cultural heritage that the Indian people are so proud of are losing out. Counterfeiting and the mass production of cheap imitations have also hurt the industry.  You can make a difference - support the artists and craftsmen preserving India’s culture by purchasing authentic art and craft.

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    1)    Chikankari

    This beautiful craft comes from Lucknow, a royal city located in Uttar Pradesh, and is used to signify femininity and royalty. The pastel colours and detailed embroidery. When shopping for authentic handmade Chikankari, look for shadow stitch, crisscross embroidery and French knots. If there is any unevenness in the fabric or lose threading, it hasn’t been handmade. This also applies to most hand weaved and embroidered fabrics.

    2)    Silk.

    At times, it is possible to differentiate real silk from artificial silk by rubbing it in your hands if it emits a clear sound, it’s most probably real. Real silk is also highly susceptible to wrinkling. Crumple it up and release it, if the fabric doesn’t spring back to its original state quickly and wrinkles, it’s likely that it is silk. Burn it. You could take a small piece of the fabric from the fringe or pull a knot if the item is a rug, burn it. Take care to note the smell of the smoke and colour of the residue. If the sample is authentic silk, the ash should form a crisp black ball of ash and the smell should be similar to that of burning hair.

    3)    Gold

    For any handcraft made from gold, make a small indentation on the surface and add a drop of liquid nitric acid. If the area turns green, then whatever you're about to buy is not real gold. If it turns milky, then the product is made from over sterling silver. Only pure gold will not react with nitric acid.  Though effective, these tests do have their weaknesses. Besides the tests, it is often advisable to seek the advice of a professional before acquiring gold handicrafts.

    4)    Silver

    When silver is tapped with a metallic object, it produces a clear ringing sound, cheaper metals will only produce a dull sound. As with Gold, it is always wise to seek the qualified opinion of a certified professional before making a purchase.

    5)    Paintings

    For paintings, the buyer must know the artist and their style of work. Watch for inconsistencies in the framing and signature. Observe the colours in the painting. Not all the colours available today were possible in the past. Art enthusiasts often use colour charts to identify a colour that didn’t exist at the time the painting was supposedly made. Turn the painting over, what kind of surface was it painted on. Does it look and feel aged enough? Considering these factors could help avoid paying a small fortune for an imitation.

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