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Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • Join us at Art Houz, Chennai for the Exhibition-cum-Sale

    Get your share of Bronze Icons, Tanjore Paintings, Handlooms Sarees and many more handmade items. Join us at Art Houz for the Exhibition-cum-Sale of Sculptures, Paintings and Handlooms, from 30th May to 7th June 2015 between 10 am to 7pm.

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  • Taking Poompuhar to new heights

    Smt. Chitra Arumugam IAS, Secretary to Government - Handloom, Textiles & Handicraft Department, Govt. of Odisha called on the CMD of Poompuhar on Monday 25-May-2015. Also present were Smt. Gayatri Patnaik, Managing Director, Utkalika - Odisha State Co-op. Handicrafts‬ Corporation Ltd, Bhubaneswar. Together they discussed the prospects of marketing handicraft products in the current era and the upliftment/welfare of artisans. They also discussed various strategies to jointly approach potential market segments.

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  • The History of Papeir Machie Art in Poompuhar

    Papier Mache is a French word meaning ‘chewed paper’. It is a handicraft technique where pieces of paper or pulp are often made durable by using textiles. Both are glued together with the help of adhesive. The adhesive is usually made by mixing water in a mixture of flour and some other starch. Chemical glues may also be used for the purpose.

    The History of Papeir Machie Art in Poompuhar

    In the 2nd century A.D. paper was invented by the Chinese. And then in the 8th century,  in Samarcanda, after the war between China and Persia, the Chinese prisoners who were captured were made to teach the local craftsmen the art of making paper out of old fishing net, rags and other waste materials. The diffusion of the paper manufacturing techniques resulted in the discovery of papier mache.

    From here, it spread to Morocco and further to Spain, France and Germany; where it was replaced by papyrus by the 10th century A.D. It spread to Italy from the East by the Venetian merchants who went there for business purposes. From there it spread to Persia and India.

    In Persia and India, beautiful articles such as boxes, photo frames, trays etc are made out of papier mache.

    In India, besides other places, Tamil Nadu, too, has a rich history of art and culture. In order to portrait its vast historical culture, Tamil Nadu Handicraft , which is a Govt undertaking, promotes its artisans to manufacture  pieces of art made out of brass, wood, papier mache etc.

    Here, in Tamil Nadu, papier mache articles are made by using the waste paper pulp, beaten by hand to get a soft substance; which is mixed with local clay and then rolled out into sheets which are malleable. After making the forms of the articles, they are dipped into a thin solution of white clay and paper pulp. It is then, painted with oil or water colors.

    Beautiful and most authentic pieces of art and handicraft can be got from Poompuhar Emporium; which include works from paper mache, brassware etc. One can get the rosewood patch work panels of various sizes, available with paintings in paper mache and other types of paintings.

    Idols of Lord Krishna and other Gods and Goddesses, masks and animal forms made of paper mache and paper mache dolls are popular attractions of Poopuhar Showroom; organized by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Corporation.

    The items made up of paper mache are cheaper and the use of vibrant colours make it very attractive. The best thing about them is that they do not break easily and come in various sizes.

    In Poompuhar, Gods and dancing dolls which are created by Ramani, who was inspired by works of artists like Raja Ravi Verma, have themes centering around the Indian culture. These dolls are made by using materials like newspaper, saw dust, marble and chalk powder. The wire frame is fixed on the wooden base and then paper mache is applied on the wire in order to give it a shape, then it is smoothened, painted, dressed and finally, decorated.

  • A treat for the eye and soul

    The lives of Indians are a reflection of the teachings of gods, goddesses, legendary figures and gurus (teachers). We adopt their philosophies in some form or the other and at times anticipate their real presence, which is near impossible. In order to fill in this gap we make their presence felt by installing their figures in our homes, workplaces and also at many public places. This brings an element of physical and spiritual closeness.

    Many metals and their alloys have been said to possess healing properties, brass being one among them.  Other than durability, the reason why brass is popularly used to design idols, artefacts etc are the reason that is attracts health and wealth. It is also said to bring out the inner truth of a person and which supplements his/her good character.

    Sri Renganathar’s Abhaya Hastha is one such sculpture where he is seen resting on his seat. The resting place here is the serpent god. This intricately carved brass idol which is largely seen in temples and is a recreation of the chief deity at Srirangam’s Sri Renganatharswamy Temple.

    Sri Renganathar’s Abhaya Hastha

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    The bronze Karumariamman is also a beautifully made idol which never fails to impress the proud owner as well as the guests who visit their place. The head is crowned by the serpent god and the neck dexterously ornamented.

    Karumariamman

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    Installation of Srimath Ramanujar, the most popular Vaishnavism saint also embeds his philosophical thoughts and protective attitude in the surroundings.

    Srimath Ramanujar

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    The amalgamation of brass with these legendary figures is attractive to the eye and rejuvenating for the soul.

  • Glimpses from the "Suppliers Meet"

    A few glimpses from the "Suppliers Meet" organized by Dr. Santhosh Babu I.A.S., Chairman & Managing Director of Poompuhar (Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corp. Ltd), at C.P. Art Centre Alwarpet, Chennai on 20th May 2015.

    Suppliers Meet at Poompuhar

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