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  • Black Metal Handicrafts

    The current vintage trend in home décorhas brought back the craze for black metal items. Oxidized metallic items give a rugged look, which is extremely in these days.Black oxide is basically coating of stainless steel, copper based alloys, silver and zinc with ferrous material. To maximize corrosion resistance, black oxide is impregnated with oil. Craftsmen design a huge variety of items as per theircreativity and market demand. The most commonly available oxidized handicraft items are ash-trays, gongs, bells, candle stands, vases and various other decorative items. Oxidized look is also used in making sculptures and idols. The sculptures of animals, Human Gods and Goddesses are also sculpted.Apart from handicrafts, oxidized jewelry is also a rage among the college going, and bohemian chic inspired women.  The black finish chunk jewelry is a classic complement with the formal attire of working women.

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    Apart from the aesthetic charm, black metal is actually a value for moneyinvestment, as it never gets old. It is widely used for its antique look and finish. The black finish improves the non-corrosive properties of the metal, thereby preventing them from rusting.  It makes the items long lasting and customers feel value in their purchase of oxidized items.

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    The blackening of metal surface improves the adhesion of it, which gives the paint and varnish a long lasting hold.This again maintains the look of these items for a longer time. Moreover, they are more sturdy because the black coating on metal surfaces does not make them brittle. Baking of surfaces is done within four hours of coating to avoid embrittlement.

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    Last, but not the least, the appearance, protection and various other qualities provided by the black oxide is very much cost effective, thus making it craftsman friendly. And its antique look makes it appealing forhome decoration as well as for ethnic looking jewelry.

  • LUCKNOWI CHIKANKARI

    Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is famous for its ‘Chikankari’ all over the world. Chikankari is a traditional style of embroidery, which originated in the Mughal period. This special kind of embroidery which was invented in Lucknow, was introduced by Noor Jahan, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s wife.

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    This beautiful textile decoration style is hand embroidery done on various types of fabrics such as net, muslin, georgette, silk, chiffon, organza, crepe etc. The cloth has to be neither too thick, nor too hard, so that the needle is able to pierce into it easily for the embroidery. Previously, the embroidery was done with white thread only, that is to say that the white or colored clothes were embroidered with only white colored thread. But now to keep up with the modern fashion trends, the embroidery is done with colored and even with silk threads.

    For the chikankari, blocks of various patterns are used to print beautiful designs on the cloth. Then on these designs, the specific embroidery is done. Often a combination of two or three types of embroidery is done. Additional beautification like Mukaish, mirror work, bead work, Kamdani or sequin etc is also often done to give it a party-wearor gaudy look. After the embroidery work is complete, the cloth is sent for washing so as to remove the printed pattern thoroughly. The cotton based clothes are starched and then they are ironed after giving them a final finish. Now they are ready to be sent for sale.

    The Chikan work includes many types of stitches such as Tepchi, Backstitch, Shadow Work, Jali, Bakhiya, Zanjeera, Rahet, Phanda, Khatau, Banarsi, Murri, Ghaspatti, Makra, Kauri, Kangan, Dhanya Patti, Bulbul, Keel Kangan, Sidhaul, Chanapatti, Jora, Baalda and many more. Chikankari workis done to designgorgeous sarees, suits, stoles, tops, kurti, dupattas, shirts and kurta for men, designerlehngas, bedsheets and even embroidered sherwanis. These are available in beautiful colors and designs which make them all the more attractive.

    The exquisite chikankari is done mostly by the poor women in and around Lucknow. Chikankari is often used as style staple by famous designers to create amazing modern and stylish draping. Intricate embroideries make for impressive occasion wear.

    Lucknow has many outlets for chikan work. The cost is in accordance with the fabric used and the type of embroidery done on it. Now days, these can also be bought online. For the summer season,chikankari done on cotton fabric is the best option.

  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    Painting is an expression of emotions. One paints his/her feelings, moods as well as sentiments. Painting is application of paints that depicts one’s inner self.  Painting has many forms and modes. Drawing, gestures, compositions, narrations are various modes of paintings. Painting involves different surfaces like walls, paper, canvas, wood and glass. Further, it is of different types viz; oil painting, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, hot wax or encaustic, fresco, gouache, enamel, spray mint, tempera and digital painting…the list is endless.The world has witnessed some really great painters like Leonardo da Vinci who was a renaissance painter, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso of Spain, Paul Cezanne of France and many more of such great talent. India also has a large number of great painters, acclaimed all over the world for their talent. Some of them are M.F. Husain, Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore and ManjitBawa.

    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    Painting can be pursued as a pastime or a hobby. Painting is like a stress-buster, it helps people release themselves of their stress. Adopting painting as a hobby is a great idea to express your thoughts.It enables a painter to bring forth his/her ideas, dreams and thoughts. This is well exemplified by Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, which played a significant role during the period of Renaissance in Europe. That’s why children are encouraged to paint and draw from a very young age.

    While many people love to paint on their own, others like to collect paintings. Art lovers visit art galleries and art exhibitions. People with good taste inart admire good paintings and very easily decipher what exactly the painter is trying to express in his painting. Moreover, a given painting could be interpreted in many ways by different people. People collect wall paintings to decorate their houses asthey make homes look lovely and lively.

    For art lovers, Poompuhar offers fabulous works of art. The collection of paintings, which are available both online and in-store include Tanjore glass painting, silk paintings, pencil drawings, glass paintings, gemstone paintings, velvet paintings, canvas, kalamkari, batic, deco and marble paintings. Our exhibitions are also conducted regularly in different cities where these paintings are displayed and even put on sale. Poompuhar also provides training to around hundred women in picture painting, so as to make them independent, self-reliable and empowered.

  • Lord Karthikeya

    One of the most worshipped and acclaimed deities of South India, is Lord Karthikeya.  Lord Karthikeya is also known as Murugan, Skanda, Kumaran and Subrmaniya. He is revered as the God of victory for his intelligence and bravery. He personifies a divine powerthat kills negativities in human beings as he was created to wipe out the demons. According to the Hindu mythology, he is believed to be the elder son of Lord Shiva and Parvati in South India, while the North Indians believe him to be younger than Lord Ganesha.

    Lord Karthikeya’s weapon is a Vel(spear), which represents power as his mother Parvati had vested all the powers in that spear. He is depicted to be mounted on a peacock with a snake clasped in its claws, which signifies destruction of evil and sins in human beings. As a God of war, he is thought to be one of the fiercest Gods among all Gods. He is believed to have killed many of the ferocious demons like Krauncha, Banasura, Pralamba and many more.

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    Lord Karthikeya is believed to have six heads. The six heads represent five senses and the mind.  The six headed God also teaches his followers to combat six most predominant evils within oneself; which are ego (mada), sex (kaama), anger (krodh), jealousy (matsarya), passion (moha) and greed (lobha). He is also worshipped as a God with immense intellect and great mental power.

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    Keeping in line with the great religious following of Lord Karthikeya in South India, Poompuhar offers various Lord Karthikeya idols. The traditional idol making is followed and bronze figurines are made. These idols are made with traditional idol making techniques inbrass, bronze,stone and wooden carvings. The idols made by artisans at Poompuhar are often given antique finish, so that antique lovers can add to their antique collection and display them in their drawing rooms or prayer area.Apart from the beautiful sculptures of Lord Karthikeya, paintings of him are also available.

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    All these products are available online as well as at our sales showroom in Chennai.

    Note: We also hold exhibition-cum sale in different cities regularly where all items are available for an attractive discount. Currently, you can purchase a Lord Murugan idol or painting from our collection at the ongoing Craft Mela in Mumbai during05-14th Feb 2016. Venue: Shri Sunderbai Hall, Church Gate, Behind Income tax office, Mumbai-20

  • Craft Mela Exhibition in Mumbai

    Your chance to ‪‎buy‬ ‪‎authentic‬ ‪handicrafts‬ at our 10 day exhibition in ‪‎Mumbai‬! "Craft Mela" Exhibition inaugurated on 6 February by Dr. Malini V Shankar, I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary, Environment Department & Chairperson, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Mumbai at 4.30 pm.
    Period: 05th Feb 2016 to 14th Feb 2016. Venue: Shri Sunderbai Hall, Church Gate, Behind Income tax office, Mumbai - 20.
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