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  • Surprise your beloved with traditional pith work Tajmahal

    For over decades, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal has been depicted as the epitome of love to the earnest lovers. This epitome of love was build with white marbles by the River Yamuna as an ode to Mumtaz the deceased wife of the emperor Shah Jahan. Built and supervised by the emperor’s best architect named Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, this masterpiece boasts of intricate craftsmanship for which people from all over the world gather here to celebrate the spirit of love.

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    For a lover and his beloved, the Taj Mahal is a vivid example of expression of love and hence, gifting a miniature model of Taj Mahal built of wood, fiber or stone is quite popular. The Tamil Nadu Poompuhar is one of the leading craft industries, which specializes in Taj Mahal models in Pith work.

    Take a souvenir after visiting the Taj Mahal

    After being a witness to this architectural marvel, the definition of love is changed to the lovers out there. While Shah Jahan had the lavish treasure to spend around 32 million at that era to build the Taj Mahal, you can take a souvenir of this wonder to gift your beloved. No matter if you could not experience the magic of Taj with your lover; you can still give him the essence of Taj through the pith work Taj Mahal, which is crafted to perfection.

    The Pith work Taj Mahal –Why It Is Special

    The intricate detailing of the Taj Mahal is beautifully depicted through the carving on Pith. Now, what is Pith? Pith is collected from the Netti Plant, an aquatic reed growing in marshlands, tanks, inlakes etc. The soft and spongy parenchyma cells of the roots and stems of the reeds are dried and made solid before incorporating it to make this masterpiece, which looks nothing less than the actual Taj Mahal, only smaller!

    The model is encased in glass frame on a thick base. The whole package is not so huge, neither too small. Moreover, handling is convenient as it weighs only 0.30 kilograms. The full dimension in inches is designed as 4 x 6 x 6. With an affordable cost of just INR 375, anyone can buy it for their beloved to reciprocate their feelings.

    Your Interior Will Get a New Dimension

    With the traditional artwork of the experienced artists from the Puhar or Poompuhar village in Tamil Nadu, this handicraft industry has spread these miniature epitomes of love to various corners of India. So whenever you visit any Poompuhar store, make sure to check this pith work Taj Mahal. This is quite unique as most miniatures are made of either stone or hard plastic or clay. Pith is light, yet with its light yellowish tint, it looks sober. Keeping it on the center table or on a wall rack or on a shelf will make your home interior look different and attractive.

    Undertaken by the Tamil Nadu government, Poompuhar seeks to promote the traditional artworks of the artists who visited different corners of India to provide you the perfectly crafted decors to gift your loved ones.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Famous Wildlife Sanctuaries across India

    India is greatly blessed with flora and fauna. If you are visiting India you need to visit one of their many wildlife sanctuaries or game parks. These sanctuaries and parks are meant to protect some endangered species and maintain ecological balance.

    These are the popular parks and reserves that are guaranteed to make your visit memorable if you are a wildlife enthusiast.

    • Jim Corbett National Park
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    This is the oldest park in India. It is renowned for wildlife sanctuary and especially the tiger project. It is one of the most visited parks due to its vast list of wildlife. Surrounded by lush green hills and grasslands, this wildlife sanctuary has a variety of flora and fauna.

    If you are looking to escape the buzz of the city or you are just a wildlife enthusiast, this wildlife sanctuary will fulfill your wishes. The sight of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and a ride on one of the Asian giants will make the trip worthwhile.

    • Ranthambore National Park
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    This is another large game sanctuary. It was famous for being the hunting grounds of the Maharajas. Today it is a major wildlife tourist destinations in North India.

    If you are a nature lover or a wildlife photographer this is the place to be. This national park is famed for the tigers that roam around the park. If you are looking to see these great animals hunting for game then you need to pay a visit to the Ranthambore National Park.

    • Kaziranga National Park
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    This is the park where man and nature meet. Are you looking for a place where nature unwinds its immaculate form in dozens of shades? Kaziranga National Park is the place to be. Here the wildlife roams fearlessly and freely.This prestigious park is located in the state of Assam.

    • Bandipur National Park

    Thousands of tourists come every year to experience the beauty of the diverse wildlife found in this park. Together with other reserves they create the country’s largest biosphere reserve. The park has the perfect topography for the various kinds of wildlife to find sanctuary.

    Bandipuris one place that an adventure that you will never forget.

    • Bandhavgarh National Park
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    The diversity of wildlife found in this park is amazing, as it is home to many species of animals and birds. It is said to have one of the largest population of tigers in India.This park provides a treat for wildlife lovers and wildlife photographers.

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