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  • How Poompuhar is bringing life in traditional Indian Art?

    'Indian Art' is a term which encompasses various mediums and styles perfected over centuries by artisans and handicraft workers. Yet this ancient art form is somehow losing its prominence in society. Tamil Nadu Poompuhar aims to showcase those talents which have been unappreciated for long.

    The catrgories have been mapped out keeping in mind the varied artforms which have existed:

    What are our Metal offerings?

    Difficult to carve and yet a beauty to behold, the array of metal designs have been constructed and polished by superior craftsmen.

    The designs are available with antique polish and you can select from the collection like Reshabadevar Set, Boga Shakti, Arthanari, Shivalingam, Arthanarieshwar sets and much more.

    Arthanarieshwar Polish Shop For This Arthanarieshwar - Click Here

    Poompuhar offers Brass items as well, like Brass bowls, Brass Peacock Bead Stones, Brass Nataraj statues, Brass Uruli Weight, Brass Uruli Light Weight, Brass Coloured Weights and a lot more which you can browse through as well as choose from the official website.

    Wood: The most intricate style

    Wood carvings are richly detailed constructions and the products of Poompuhar are made with selected Rosewood, Sandalwood and more.

    They offer various wooden figures like that of the Buddha, Radha-Krishna, Ashoka Pillar and more. But apart from mythological and historical designs they also offer everyday handcrafted wooden products like clocks, pens etc.

    Shop For this White Wood Ashoka Pillar - Click Here

    What are our designs based on Stone?

    The most significant artwork of South India is undoubtedly that of the stone sculptures.  Thanks to the craftsmen of the Pallava Empire who had intricately crafted these stones to create some masterpieces which still enchant tourists from all over the world. The Indian culture and emotion is reflected in various Indian religious monuments dating back to time immemorial.

    To celebrate this achievement and promote its growth among the masses, they offer statues made out of granite, red stone, soap stone along with clay and much more. The life-size figurines and fountain sculptures speak a thousand words about the Indianness.

    Earthware -fragile and precious

    The most widely available type of crafts is the earthenware products like bowls, statues and more. The workers make various masterpieces out of clay and ceramic like that of Nataraj, Lakshmi, Parvati, Saraswati, Kalinga Krishna and more. These statues are available in oxidized variants as well.

    The designs available on Clothing and Leather

    Cloth and Leather Prints have been in use long and are still quite popular in traditional fashion. Keeping with the tradition Poompuhar offers handcrafted textiles like Kalamkari purse, lamp shades and lots more which can be browsed in our website.

    Paintings: What do we offer?

    Indian paintings speak of style and technique in a nuanced and yet simultaneously bold manner. The collection has paintings of the gods Krishna, Lakshmi, Ganesh along with others like Perumal and Ramar as well.

    If budget is not an issue for you, then check out the Thanjavur Paintings which are one of their Big Ticket items.

    Shop For Thanjavur Painting Perumal - Click Here

    Poomphar aims to reinstate traditional Indian art to the position of prestige it once enjoyed by showing its vitality to others. Appreciating and supporting these creations as well as their creators who are on the verge of losing their skills is the goal.

  • Eyeing for the Classics seen never before - Count on Poompuhar

    An artistic interior decoration attains a new depth with the integration of antiques or classics that depict the traditional art and craft dating back to thousands of years. Metal work, carvings, paintings, weaving, meenakari –there are numerous artwork originated from the southern part of India, especially Tamil Nadu. From home décor items to textile –the south Indian craftsmanship is reflected on every item featured in the Poompuhar stores. Poompuhar is a handicraft industry that strives to promote the classic artworks and whatever your choice is, there is always something for everyone.

    Metal Statuettes And Art Pieces

    Give your religious fervor an artistic taste with the bronze figurines of Lakshmi, Ganesh, Natraja, Hanuman, Krishna, Meenachi and so on. The bronze animals like Cow, Horse and Elephants also bear the same intricacy as the figurines of deities. You can choose from 3D printed, polished and antique printed. Among the brass items, plates, bowls and lamps are definitely worth buying for your worship corner.

    Shop for this White Metal Elephant - Click Here

    White Metal statues and the black metal wall hangings and flower vases are polished thoroughly and come at various sizes according to your preference. Copper utensils like glass, kalash, jugs, mugs, plate and bowls are great antique gifts for any traditional occasion while they can also utilized for religious ceremony or domestic use.

    If colossal black antiques allure you, then make sure to check out the oxidized figurines of Natraja, Parvathy and Kalinga Krishna which have a gentle luster and look best if kept against a light colored backdrop.

    Stone Carvings –The Signature Craftsmanship

    Tamil Nadu has always been a significant name for its stone carvings on the temples, palaces and landmarks, and Poompuhar has been a widely known name for taking that craftsmanship to a whole new level. You would be definitely mesmerized by the enormous stone carved sculptures offered by Poompuhar, which look nothing less than the sculptures seen on historic landmarks. The statues are made from Granite, Red Stone and Soap Stone.

    Shop For This Granite Stone Ganesh - Click Here

    Timeless Magnificence Of Meenakari, Kalamkari and Papier Machie

    The vibrant Meenakari work on stools, trays, wall hangings and key stands are magnificent for their effortless detailing while the Papier Machie statues of deities and revered personalities look unique with rich use of colors. The hand woven and painted Kalamkari purses, bags and handbags will give you a classic and traditional look. Not to forget the handcrafted vibrant wall hangings, bags of different sizes and ties.

    Shop For this Papier Mache Dancing Doll - Click Here

    Other Classics From Poompuhar

    When it comes to classics, Poompuhar has a never-ending array of items featured at its branches set up throughout India. The Kondapalli artwork of Andhra Pradesh on the Tella Poniki is reflected beautifully through the toys made by Kondapalli villagers. The enamel colors and vegetable dyes give them a classic and lively touch. You can also add a vibrant touch to your home with the Kalamari and Applique Thombai.

    The traditional classic decors of India feature everything from painting to stone carving, metal work to hand-woven textiles and Poompuhar has picked up something from every artwork to present you the raw essence of Indian craftsmanship.

  • Explore The Best Of The Rest Products At Never Before Prices

    From the bronze figurines of the Chola dynasty to the rock carving sculptures of the Pallavas, the South Indian art and craft has its distinct aura since centuries. Indian lifestyle, religious outlook, emotions and cultural expression are vividly reflected through the paintings, statuettes, wall hangings and other home décor items available at Poompuhar. From stone to metal, clay to textile –all the products come at affordable cost and are rich in Indianness.

    Bronze Figurines

    With the sublime stillness, the Bronze figurines from Chola era are the epitome of the omnipotent energy. The miniature replicas of the sculptures from tenth to twelfth century bear no signature and come with three variants. There are both glossy polished statues as well as the antique polished ones which bear the vintage touch.

    Ganesha, Meenachi, Lakshmi and Buddha statues are avilabale in various sizes and postures along with the cow and horse figurines. The price starts from INR 2545 for a 3 x 2 inch size and the maximum size is ten feet.

    Oxidized Natraja

    From ages, Indian dance forms have taken inspiration from the cosmic dance of Shiva, also called Natraja. Indian art has a distinct place for lord Shiva and in order to invoke that reverence, Poompuhar has brought the colossal black colored Natraja in two size variants -8 x 10 x 3 inch and 5 x 4 x 3 inch. The price starts from an affordable cost of INR 840.

    Shop for this Oxidised Natarajar - Click Here

    Stone Carving

    From the supple and sensuous female figurine to the vigorous and virility of the male figures, the magnificent rock-cut sculptures were the cultural identity of the Pallava era. These sculptures depict every human emotion, be it joy, coyness, aggression, tenderness and even authority. You will find the virtuous Perumal sculpture carved from granite, the Soapstoneand Redstone Ganesha, the meditating Buddha and so on. The sizes vary from fifteen feet to three inch and various others in between. Prices start from INR 120 for 3 x 2 x 2 inch lingam made of soft stone.

    Shop for this Soft Stone Lingam - Click Here

    Brass Lamps

    As an indispensable part of daily worship ritual, the Brass Lamps are the most popular items created by the private craftsmen. From Agal to Villaku, deepam to hanging lamps –there are various sizes available. The price starts from INR 200 for the Agal.

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    Woodworks

    From flower vase to tray, lamps to wooden hangings, bowls to wooden dolls and of course the sandal wood carving, the intricacy is reflected from every item. Buddha, Krishna, Lakshmi, Balaji, Ganesha and various other decorative are hand-cut and carved. The price for a small sandalwood keychain is INR 250 while a 48 x 15 inch Gopuram cost INR 7425.

    Paintings and Textiles

    The ornate gold work of the Thanjavur paintings to the rich patterned glass painting and Batik, the vegetable painted Kondapalli toys to stunning Meenakari stools, Poompuhar has something for everyone. The miniature oil paintings, handcrafted textile bags, purses and wall hangings are also notable for their traditional essence.

    Deriving its name from the historic coastal hamlet of Puhar, Poompuhar’s vast range of products is manufactured in its 6 production units and bear the traditional aestheticism of Indian culture. Get your choice of products at an affordable cost and give your home a new look.

  • Decorate Your Home This Festive Season with Thombai

    India is a land of festivities and whenever we talk about festivities the first thing that entraps our mind is enthusiasm, celebration mood and devotion. As our busy life makes us succumbed to our restricted shells so festival season brings us out of that shell.

    If anyone asks you about your favourite festival you might get confused as there are so many, especially in the months of October and November when the Indians begin their countdown of fun and enjoyment. Navaratri brings us close to Goddess Durga and fills our heart with devotion.

    Shop For This Kalamari Thombai - Click Here

    If you ask children about the meaning of festive season their smiling faces will give you a clear idea about the meaning that it holds to them. However a homemaker might frown a bit as season of festival brings forth the hassle of decorating homes. If you are confused regarding decorating your home for welcoming deities at your place then have a look at the decorative Thombai offered by Poompuhar.

    Decorate Your Home with the Thombai

    Now, what is this Thombai? Thombai is a decorative piece which is made of satin cloth. You can make use of Thombai in your temple or even use it as a part of your home decoration. It comes in different types of designs like flower, swans and elephants. Thombai can bring that traditional look to your home decor or your worship space. You can get abundance of options in Thombai and they are enlisted below.

    • Decorate your deity with Muthangi

    It is actually a well knit ornament that can be fixed on the deity’s cloths and you can make your deity the center of attraction. Poompuhar can give you a wide range of colour options when it comes to Thombai. Alongside colour options you can also order a Muthangi that is beautifully attached with pearl and precious stones. This is definitely going to add a new charm to the beauty of your deity.

    • Immerse yourself in devotion with Venchamaram

    Vencharam can be used for swaying in front of the god or goddesses. The beautifully crafted Vencahram of Poompuhar will at once impress you with its design. You can use it while performing a sacred chant or aarti before the divine power. Both you and your family are going to receive all the spiritual vibes by swaying it.

    • Welcome your guest with Kalamari Thombai

    Kalamari Thombai can be regarded as the most beautiful kind of Thombai that is offered by Poompuhar. You can select different colour combinations and sizes. It can be hanged at the entrance of your home. In fact this can also used for enhancing the beauty of your balcony or interiors.

    So, now you have got some ideas about adorning your home and your worship area with well crafted Thombai. In order to get the best options in Thombai you can visit the branches of Poompuhar or their online site which is pioneered at satisfying their customers with decorative Thombai. You can select Thombai as per the size and of your home interior and also based on your requirements.

  • Buy traditional gifts for your loved ones only at Poompuhar

    Festive season or rather any occasion demands that gifts be distributed to our loved ones. But there are times when traditional gifts are what suit the occasion and also the preference of the person. For this and more, Poompuhar offers curate and specially selected traditional designs.

    What gifts are there?

    There are long lists of products which range from statues to toys and so on:

    • Statues of gods like Krishna, Saraswati, Parvati, Shivalingam and more are available crafted in brass, oxidized or made from a variety of materials.
    oxidized black idol of goddess Saraswati Shop For This Oxidised Saraswati - Click Here
    • For toys they have traditional Kondapalli toys as well as Narkuravas and their distinct offering is the Poompuhar stationeries.
    Shop For This Kondapalli Toys - Click Here
    • They offer Jute files made up of red, blue or specially designed green colours which will be cheap but are fully handcrafted.
    • There are Taj Mahals, Chariots, Bullock Carts, Rani Palki, Kerala Boat, Tanjor Temple, Perusal Temple and more miniature Pithwork items.
    • Poompuhar also has granite, red and soft stone elephant carvings, Round Candle Elephant Stand, Nandi, Shivalingam and more.
    • Handcrafted textiles handbag, mini handbags, ties etc in various colors are also stocked here.
    • They have copper plates, glass, kalash, tumblers and other utensils.
    • Wood carved wall hangings of Flower Pots, Ganesh, Peacocks, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Lakshman are available.

    What materials are used for making these?

    Poompuhar has a wide variety and range of materials in their stocks. This includes Copper, Brass, Bronze, Handcrafted Textiles, Jute, Clay, Black Metal, White Metal, Wood, Stone, Clay, Pith and more.

    Apart from this they also stock up in some not-so-known materials like Kalamkari, Thanjavur Art, Meenakari, Papier Mache, Coconut Shells and more.

    Coconut Shell giraffee night lamp Shop For This Coconut Shell Deer Night Lamp - Click Here

    How can you get these?

    You will have to sign up to their official website and create an account or you can also visit any of their branches set up all over India. You will be able to browse through their website, select products and collect them in your virtual shopping bag.

    How to pay?

    Once you have selected the products you want, you will be displayed the total amount. Then you can pay online through your debit or credit cards. They also don't restrict payments to just Indian Currency. You will be able to pay through the currency of your wish (if it is listed with Poompuhar). After the payment, the product will be delivered to your chosen address.

    Traditional arts and crafts are getting depleted with the current world system. But Poompuhar aims to preserve and showcase its specialty to the world. They select only the best, which accurately represents Indian Craft as well as shows the dedication and skills of the workers. So if you want to buy traditional crafts, this is the best site to search for.

  • Some exceptional facts about the royal art of India-Meenakari

    We all are huge fans of this beautiful and subtle art form which is known as Meenakari. It is one of the very old and distinguished art forms of the Indian culture and tradition which is famous for its exclusive designs.

    Shop For This MEENAKARI SLEEPING GANESH - Click Here

    Meenakari is basically an enamelling of metals. It is the specialty of ornamenting and enamelling metal surfaces by painting and enriching them with beautiful designs, and after that, they are heated in the Klein to give them a required shape. The heating process helps in hardening the colours and fusing the metal. It is an ancient art form which is passed from one generation to the other. Hence not only we Indians like Meenakari designs and works, but the demand of these products is high in the global market too.

    Shop For This Meenakari Key Stand Kalash Model - Click Here

    Here are a few lesser known facts about this colourful handicraft:

    • Meenakari is not actually an Indian art form as it is Persian art which was brought to India by the Persian enamellists in the 17th century when Mughals were ruling the country.
    • Meena or Mina is known as the feminine form of the Persian word “Minoo” which means heaven, and it signifies the purplish blue shade of paradise.
    • The art of meenakari looks best on gold metal because gold has a natural sheen. This helps the natural colours of meenakari to set beautifully in the metal as it also holds the enamel wonderfully and also adds a sparkle in the same.
    • Do you know that the colours of the meenakari work can be cleansed through a mixture of lemon and tamarind? Well yes, it helps in cleaning the colours of the art piece naturally and also preserves its natural look and texture.
    • Besides jewellery, Meenakari is also being used in crafting the designs of jewellery boxes, gods’ idols, crockery, trays, cupboards, bowls, sculptures, paintings and many more things. Hence the modern form of this traditional art has a very vast scope and is not limited to one particular area or region.
    • At first, Meenakari was only done on gold, but now silver and copper are also being used for creating it.. While gold is mainly used for designing Meenakari jewellery, silver and copper are used for bowls, spoons, brightening ancient rarities, icons, sculptures, etc. The remains of Mughal era show the signs of meenakari on hookahs and paan-daan (traditional boxes for keeping betel leaves) too.
    • There are mainly 3 types of Meenakari: “Ek Rang Khula Meena” in which only one color is used to engrave the piece of metal, “Panch Rangi Meena” in which 5 primary colours are used which are white, light blue, green, dark blue and red, and “Gulabi Meena” in which rose pink is used. Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is renowned for gulabi meena works.

    Artisans at Poompuhar produce Meenakari handicrafts combining traditional techniques with modern ideas. Visit the Poompuhar e-commerce website to view our collection of Meenakari products and get them delivered at your home.

  • Ecotourism Policy by Tamil Nadu Government

    The Ecotourism Policy 2017 of Tamil Nadu Government was devised to ensure the promotion of eco-friendly activities in the state and bring about the development and prosperity of the natives of the state. According to the policy, emphasis will be laid on the local communities, conservation of their craft making skills, and empower and develop the same.

    The policy includes consideration and working for the promotion of trekking, hiking, bird watching trails, photography, wildlife sighting, boating, promoting local festivals, craft making, preservation of traditional craft making methods, local handicrafts, and adventure sports. In addition to these, other aspects that are necessary from the perspective of preserving the existing old methods and traditions will be also considered under the policy.

    Following are the objectives of the Ecotourism Policy by Tamil Nadu Government:

    1. To identify natural areas and take necessary steps to develop them as ecotourism destinations.
    2. To create more and better livelihood opportunities to benefit the local communities and tribes.
    3. To foster natural conservation by means of education, and awareness among the visitors of the state.
    4. To work for the conservation of the existing craft making techniques.
    5. To bring about and implement site specific instructions and code of conduct for the visitors
    6. To promote and establish eco-friendly structures in the state.

    Following are the guidelines of the policy:

    1. The eco-friendly activities must involve active participation of local communities to empower them and bring about their social development.
    2. All the resources must be utilized aptly to avoid the wastage of the same. The devised methods should not have any adverse impact on the environment. Sites with low ecotourism potential must be recognized and adequate measures should be taken to develop them.
    3. Ecotourism sites can be used for the conservation and promotion of unique cultural practices, traditions, local arts, folk history, and architecture. These things are important to preserve and maintain the indigenous environment of the state.
    4. All the activities happening in the state in the name of ecotourism must conform with the several existing laws of the state.
    5. All the ecotourism related work should involve participation from local communities, government organizations, NGOs, tour operators & agents, and hospitality industry.

    The Forest Department of the state is the nodal authority to ensure the implementation of the policy. The State Ecotourism Board shall take the necessary steps to promote both nature and culture based tourism. The board is also responsible for ensuring the involvement and  upliftment of local communities.

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