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  • Art and Crafts of Madhya Pradesh

    Madhya Pradesh is known for its rich tradition and culture. This is reflected in the majestic pieces of art and crafts. The handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh exhibit the painstaking craftsmanship and great skills of the locals.

    The artistic pieces include:

    • Bamboo and Cane Products
    • Carpet weaving
    • Terracotta
    • Stone carvings
    • Jute Works
    • Papier Mache

    The 5 Popular Arts and Crafts of Madhya Pradesh

    If you love shopping the great crafts of Madhya Pradesh will definitely mesmerize. These are some of the most popular handicrafts produced.

    Bamboo and Cane Work

    Amongst the different crafts of the state, one that stands apart is their bamboo and cane works. Bamboo thickets are a common sighting in Madhya Pradesh and the artisans make use of them. The vast majority of the locals make everyday tools using bamboo. They make fishing tools, baskets, hunting tools all from bamboo.

    The tribal communities of Baiga, Gond and Korku are skilled in this craft. If you are visiting Madhya Pradesh you are guaranteed to be thrilled by their beautiful works of art.

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    Carpet Weaving

    Carpet weaving as a craft came to India via Persia. It is a major center of carpet weaving in India. The materials mostly used are of wool, silk, and cotton.

    The art of carpet weaving requires highly skilled craftsmen as it is a delicate one. The craftsmen of Gwalior are the undisputed master of the art of weaving fine quality carpets combined with creative designs and motifs.

    Terracotta

    Among the popular arts of Madhya Pradesh, is the terracotta pottery. The terracotta pottery is marvelous in its style and representation.

    The local people make potteries that are noteworthy. They make traditional statutes of different animals that they offer to their deities as sacrifices.

    Stone Carving

    The stone carving tradition of Madhya Pradesh is one of the best in the country and the world. The majestic stone carvings are found in the majority of their temples to depict the gods and goddesses of this local people.

    Stone carvings of Madhya Pradesh vary from place to place. Every region of this state has got its unique and distinct style. In Gwalior, lattice work is the specialty, whereas in regions like Jabalpur the craftsmen specialize animals and human statues.

    Jute Works

    Jute is a cheap textile fiber with a coarse and heavy texture. Jute works include baskets, flower vases, hammocks, purses and table mats.

  • Crafts of India, all at one Place

    Indian handicraft and art has been part of daily life since times immemorial. From the times when royalty used to invite artisans to their palaces and shower them with riches to now – when you can instantly make these Indian crafts a part of your daily life at the click of a button. At Poompuhar, we bring to you the best of what Indian art and crafts have to offer. Come be part of this beautiful journey!

    Indian art forms are not merely paint on canvas or some beads stitched together, all of these are stories. The stories that artisans tell about their life, their culture, traditions and legacy. All the things available on Poompuhar from sandalwood to thanjavur paintings carry along them myth, legends, folk tales and traditions of the era gone by. Stories of victory, defeat, celebration which are passed down from generation to generation. These things are not available in text books, they are undocumented but still very prevalent. Passed down in families, these are India’s history, culture and heritage.

    Thanjavur Painting

    Hidden in every corner of our country is an art form, diverse from anything you may encounter globally. These are folklore of craftsmen crafting magic with their hand to adorn your lives with the tales of their land.

    Poompuhar is an endeavor to connect artists, craftsmen and their work with the global audience. Everything from silk forms, to prints, to sandalwood, to channapatna toys and brass items are available on www.tnpoompuhar.org and is contributing Indian crafts to the world.

    Poompuhar aims to invoke a sense of community when things from one part of India travel to a completely different part of India – representing Indian diversity in the truest form.

    Go ahead - check out all that’s available at Poompuhar, they make for great decorative items for your living room as well as superb gifts for everyone in your family and friends. Be it the upcoming festival season or a birthday present for your grandmother, the beautiful things from India’s most popular handicrafts emporium are set to sweep you off your feet.

    Happy Shopping!

    Like they say in Tamil, PoivittuVarugiren! Till the time we meet again.

  • Craft festivals of India

    From time immemorial, India has been the hub for crafts and art alike. Art work and craft work made in India has adorned the palaces of Indian royalty and their international counterparts in England, Spain, France, Portugal et al.

    Today the government of India, the states and many other organizations have taken it onto themselves to promote this extravagant culture of Art and Craft in India. A very recent example is be the development of Bunkar Marts or Weaver Marts throughout the state of Uttar Pradesh by the state government. Apart from the government backed craft festivals internationally, India is also home to some of the biggest art and craft festivals which see participation from local as well as international craftsmen.

    Here is a glimpse of some of the various festivals where India celebrates its arts and crafts:

    Surajkund Crafts Mela:

    One of the most popular crafts fair in India, SurajkundMela is held at Surajkund, Faridabad in Haryana which is in close proximity to the capital New Delhi. Celebrated in the month of February every year, this fair has been an annual affair since 1978. Set up with an intention of promoting art and craft, the fair sees participation from every state in India and also the neighbouring countries. At the Surajkund Crafts Mela, visitors can find paintings, textiles, wood carvings, bone work, pottery, terracotta, stone work, lacquer work, mirror work, cane and grass work among other specialities. The fair also includes a food festival and folk theatre.

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    Kala Ghoda Festival:

    The fairly young Kala Ghoda Festival hasbeen celebrated in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai since 1999. The festival is a must visit for everyone interested in visual arts, handicrafts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops with heritage walks, special events for children, and a street food festival. This nine day festival is held in early February and sees millions of visitors every year.

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    Toshali Craft Fair:

    The thirteen day long Toshali Crafts Fair is held in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha every year in December and sees participation from the all the SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Participants from all SAARC countries and Indian states showcase their best collections here. Artists, painters, weavers, sculptors and craftsmen specializing in any form of art wait for the fair as a perfect platform to exhibit their talents in front of a large audience. From Kanchipuram silk sarees of Tamil Nadu to the Chiki wood craft of Kashmir, everything is on display here apart from the various other events including a workshops on sand art, sculpture making and an amazing food festival.

  • Children special from Poompuhar

    Toys are the most desired and admired of all things among children. And if it is made up of natural, nonhazardous and organic ingredients then no parent will think twice to purchase a couple of them for their kids. Poompuhar offers a set of wonderful toys for your children that will not only keep them engaged but also help them learn about the nature. Find below some attractive toys from Poompuhar for your kid to let them remain engaged during these summer holidays:

    Kondapalli Toy: Duplex House With Well

    Kondapalli toys are manufactured in Kondapalli village of Andhra Pradesh and are popularly known as Kondapalli Bommalu. The main feature of these toys are that they are skillfully chiseled from a special light soft wood known as Tella Poniki and are then painted with natural vegetable dyes and attractive colors. This colorful house features a 2 story building, a cute staircase and a well at the side of the house.

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    Kondapalli Toy: Vegetables Sales Women

    This is another adorable toy from Kondapalli toys collection for your kid. Specially designed to enhance imaginative and social skills among children, this toy features a lady selling fresh and colorful vegetables like tomatoes, capsicum etc. This can be a good gifting item for a girl child.

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    Coconut Shell Giraffe Night Lamp

    This extraordinary and eco friendly night lamp in the form of a cute giraffe is carved with utmost perfection and determination using a simple coconut shell! The tribal region of India specializes in making such kind of beautiful toys and useful items. The item is sturdy and just need a zero watt bulb to show its charm. It is also safe and non toxic and comes in many other amazing designs at Poompuhar.

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    Toy Train

    The most favorite amongst every kid is a train toy. This blue and cream colored train engine will definitely keep your kid engaged for hours. Made from wood it is completely safe to be even handled by a newborn.

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    White Metal Camel

    Kids are a big fan of animals. This distinct piece of white metal camel comes in sets as well as individual pieces. The attractive feature of this toy is the use of lacquered enamel that imparts an eternal look to it and stays on there for ages.

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  • Few exquisite Pooja Mandapams from Poompuhar

    The divine corner of our heart and home cannot be ever replaced by other commodity of the world. Pooja or prayers hold a very special place in India. We all want the pooja ghar or the worship place to be sacred and best in all sense. In Hinduism and in olden days, a mandapam used to be a porch like structure that leads to the main temple. It was a basic temple compound used for praying, marriages, dancing and singing.

     Be it cleanliness or creativity no compromise can be made over the items used inside a pooja ghar. Poompuhar offers some most graceful and exquisitely crafted dwellings for the Divine that are not only tastefully created from special woods but are also available in multiple models. Place the main deity in the exclusive pooja house and seek the blessings that the Almighty showers in your life.

    8x6x6 Inch Kondapalli Toys Marriage Mandapam

    The 400 year old tradition of toys making from Kondapalli town of Andhra Pradesh still boasts of its uniqueness and beauty. Kondapalli toys are designed from soft woods from trees of Kondapalli hills and are known as Tella Poniki. This elegant Kondapalli toy marriage temple from Poompuhar symbolizes the rituals of an Indian wedding. It is an ideal for gifting as well as decoration purpose.

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    16x11x4 Inch Wooden Mandapam Small

    Wooden items always add beauty no matter where are they are kept. This artistically designed small wooden madapam features four beautiful pillars that can be used to place the main deity during the rituals of pooja. It can also be used as a gifting item or a showcase.

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    6' Pooja Mandapam Teak Wood

    Teak wood is used since centuries to adorn the homes of wealthy people. Known for its durability, water resistance and elegance, teak wood is excellent for building a variety of decoration and furniture items. The tree from which the wood is derived is known as Tectona grandis. Teak wood also possess anti fungal and anti rot properties. This beautifully carved six inch teakwood pooja mandapam features an array of ornate designs that can beautifully capture your imagination and add grace to your place of worship. The bronze deities shown standing inside are for reference; the price is for the mandapam alone.

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    Spend some time shopping quality and robust pooja mandapams from Poompuhar that not only will add beauty to your pooja room but also honor God so as to receive his choicest blessings for you and your family.

  • Made for each other: Handicrafts and Sustainable Development

    Sustainable development is a way to secure a future for human race by preserving natural resources for coming generations. Due to increased urbanization and industrialization the natural resources are depleting fast. This is evident in the decline of sectors that uses them for its livelihood. For instance, if we are cutting a tree to use its wood and other parts then we should plant at least one or more than one sapling at the same time. In olden days, sowing the seeds was a regular practice for everyone. It is because of this old practice we are able to enjoy all the resources very well. Sustainable development makes the world a better place to live in. The main areas impacted by sustainable development are economical, environmental, agricultural and handicraft sector.

    Handicrafts form an integral part of a country as diverse as India, as they provide an identity to the people belonging to a particular culture. Derived from natural resources, handicrafts do not require sophisticated technology for its manufacture and are based on local and traditional expertise. Indian artisans possess talent that is indigenous to them to design unique and original craft showcasing the community’s culture. This can be vey helpful in playing a crucial role in sustainability.

    Handicrafts can be among the most important solution to fight with unemployment in the country. A commendable feature of handicraft sector is the hard work of craftsmen, participation of women in production, diversifying sources of household income, reduced income risks, use of internal concepts and many other economic and cultural factors.  Being indigenous in nature, handicrafts also promotes tourism of the place. In this way handicrafts play an essential role in achieving long-term socio economic benefits thus promoting sustainability. The industry of hand made art and crafts can be boosted by focusing on certain issues such as:

    1. Mobilizing potential and resources
    2. Marketing and advertising for an effective supply and distribution system
    3. Awareness and education.
    4. Interest of handicraft items amongst youth.
    5. Bringing traditional craftsmen into the main stream
    6. Establishing more crafts and design institutes in India
    7. Increasing the demand of handicraft items.

    It is necessary to implement the idea of sustainable development to overcome the challenges faced by handicraft sector of India. Villagers and community people can employ various ideas of modern science in combination with traditional art forms to create new and unique products. This will help the quick return process and marketability of such products. Holding workshops on various handicrafts items that are popular abroad also, like woodcarving, jewelry, textile, carpet making, leather crafts, knitting etc will not only be helpful in generating employment but is also effective in sustaining rural progress and development. Thus handicrafts can help achieve an optimal model of sustainable development through a subtle combination of both, indigenous and modern knowledge considering the resources and potential of the particular place.

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    The government has also started various projects and schemes that aim at funding markets for hand made crafts and providing training to those sectors where demand often outstrips supply. There are also several exhibitions and promotional events for the welfare of craftsmen where they also try out contemporary methods of marketing and have direct sales experience with the client. This can be quite helpful for both the craftsman and people at market front, to resolve various constraints that they face and provide an effective solution for sustainability through rigorous innovation without compromising art quality.

  • Kondapalli Bommalu

    Kondapalli Bommalu, the toys of Kondapalli Handicrafts are made in Kondapalli, AP, and India. This art is a more than 400 year old tradition. They have their own niche of handicrafts that are known globally. We are in a world where artistic values are less seen and hence are losing their charms. The daily life, the animal figures, and relation to the mythology make this art prominent, especially in the festivals like Dusshera, Deepawali and Navratri. They display the history of rich Indian culture along with the artistic creativity.  The toys are completely hand woven and there is no touch of machinery in it that makes it more special. This art really deserves appreciation.

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    The figures are for various lines like a carpenter, a farmer, a woman, a cow, wild animals like elephants and also the figures of our deities like Ganesha, Shiva. The artists use special wood to make these sculptures look adorably beautiful and mesmerizing. The wood, Tella Poniki is easy to be carved and then dried for a span of a couple of weeks so that the weight of the figure stays light and there is no more moisture in it. Then they do finishing, coating and painting the figure with beautiful vibrant colors. They do it with so much finesse that it looks irresistible and depicting true Indian culture.

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    The rough edges of the toy is ridden off by applying makku which is a mixture of ground powder of tamarind seeds and sawdust boiled in water to form a paste. The toys, in 16th century while Harappan civilization in power and the toys were made of clays and stones.

    The beautiful artistic creatures look cute when they find a place in your house. You can keep them in your showcase, on your table as a show piece or on the sides of your bed. They embellish the house and make it look more traditional as well as stylish. One should surely buy some of the Kondapalli Bommalu toys for their house or for gifting purpose to add décor to the place. One can also buy the sculptures of Gods and Goddesses and keep them in their temple of the house. In short, they deserve to be a part of your house as they reflect cultures and traditions of India. No matter we have entered the modern culture, one should still not forget the roots and to keep that attachment alive, the toys serve the purpose. The finesse in them cannot be depicted in just words.

    After all, art speaks out a lot in itself. Though a figure that has a complete family in it has nothing to do with the culture, but it makes us remind that art is still alive at its best. The serenity of art should always be respected and cannot be under estimated. Buy the Poompuhar Kondapalli Bommalu and let art talk to you. Keep them in your exhibitions, parties, shops and melas to make them look more elegant and traditional.

  • Arts and Crafts That Really Beautify Various Religious Celebrations

    Religious Celebrations such as Diwali, Christmas and Ramadan are celebrated along with many kinds of simple arts and crafts. These arts and crafts are created for the public mass, and they are not meant for fulfilling the aesthetics of intellectuals. They can be called Social Arts, and there is a big need for these kinds of arts and crafts to fuel creative imaginations of common and simple people.

    Crafts for Celebrating Hindu Festivals

    Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. It is really a colourful religion which is famous for its religious festivals like Diwali, Onam and others. Hindu crafts include Bengali Paintings, Diwali Cards, Mandala Designs, Diwali Candles, Door Hangings and much more. Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is an important official holiday in India and Nepal. During the Diwali time, it is a general practice to light oil lamps called diyas and place them in the home, verandahs, gardens, outer walls and the rooftops.

    Crafts Used in Ramadan Celebrations

    Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. It is Islamic Calendar‘s 9th month.  The Muslims would not take any food and drink in the daytime of Ramadan month. They will adapt fasting to purify their souls.

    There are some Ramadan crafts which are used during this month. They would use the calendar as a   random act of kindness. They will also use Ramadan lantern or Fanoos, Masjid Puzzle and other special forms of crafts.

    Crafts used during Christmas Celebrations

    Christmas holidays are filled with colorful crafts. Children and adults used to take pleasure in making decorations, either in their homes or on the trees or at the meeting places. The Christmas duration is the most festive season of the year and it is celebrated even before many days in advance. After Thanksgiving Festival is over, people would start decorating for Christmas celebrations. Candy cane crafts and angel crafts are some of the examples of the social arts used by the public during the  Christmas celebrations.

    Angel crafts are made during Christmas time as angels are considered as messengers of God in Christianity. Angel crafts are beautiful and simple in their shapes and forms and they also include things that render positive effects in people’s lives. Giving someone an angel craft as a gift is really a way of giving them the faith and love they need to develop in their hearts during these festival times.

  • Poompuhar’s Peacock-form Based Gift Artifacts with the Divine Beauty of Peacocks

    The term peacock is actually meant for denoting the male peafowl. The female peafowl is known as a peahen, and the immature off-springs of peafowl are called peachicks.

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    Peacock’s long tail is known as a train. It consists not of tail quill feathers, but it has only highly elongated upper tail coverts. These feathers are marked with eye spots, best seen when a peacock fans his tail. Both peacocks and peahens have a crest atop the head. The Indian peahen has a mixture of dull grey, brown, and green in her plumage. The female also displays her plumage to ward off female competition or signal danger to her young ones.

    The vibrant iridescent plumage colours of peacocks are not primarily pigments, but they are structural colourations. Optical interference reflections on nanostructures of the fiber-like components of the feathers produce a variety of feather colours.

    It is said that a peacock's long tail, loud call, and fearless behaviour are have been formed by natural selection to create a powerful display to intimidate its predators and rivals.

    In Hindu culture, the peacock is the vehicle of the Lord Muruga. A demon king, Surapadman, was split into two by Muruga and he converted the two parts as an integral part of himself, one becoming a peacock (his vehicle) and another rooster adorning his flag.

    It is said that the peacock displays the divine shape of Omkara when it spreads its magnificent plumes into a full-blown circular form. Peacock’s beautiful feather adorn the crest of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, one of the Trimurtis.

    In the 1486 painting Annunciation with St. Emidius by Carlo Crivelli, a peacock is sitting on the roof above the praying Virgin Mary Ancient Greeks believed that the flesh of peafowl did not decay after death, so it became a symbol of immortality.

    Though the peafowl is native to India, in Babylonia and Persia the peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty and is often seen in engravings upon the thrones of royalty.

    The first great dynasty unifying the Indian sub-continent in the 3rd century BC was known as the Maurya. It means, ‘of the peacock’. The word Maurya is derived from Sanskrit Mayura, which means peacock.

    If you wish to decorate your homes, you have a wide choice of portraits or models of the peacock to decorate your houses.  If you visit Poompuhar, a brand that sells various artifacts made by The Tamil Nadu Handicraft Development, you can purchase your favorite peacock- based artifacts from hundreds of handcrafted decorative items in much more peacock designs. There are even some sculptures of peacock handcrafted by Poompuhar’s expert artists.

    One of the available eyes catching decorative pieces of art with peacock theme is Subramanian Stone which is an astonishing statue of Subramaniya accompanied by a peacock and a spear - his distinctive trademarks.

    Thanjavur Art Plates, with various sizes and peacock designs, are also available at Poompuhar stores. Two models of these plates are designed with the peacock theme. These are created using high-quality raw materials. They are created artistically using ultra modern technologies.

    Another Thanjavur Painting is the Key Holder Peacock. This is a glass painting of a beautiful peacock.  It adorns the wall  and it serves the purpose of hanging keys as well. A Handcrafted Silk Wall Hanging is also available with a pair of peacocks sitting beautifully on a tree branch. This exhibits the beautiful hand woven textiles, but also showcases ethnic designs for its admirers.

    A Rose Wood Panel Peacock at a modest price makes a wonderful decorative item depicting a pair of peacocks standing gracefully facing each other in a serene background. Another masterpiece by the artisans of Poompuhar is a Wood Peacock Stone Work which has a brown polished wooden frame with beautiful peacock inlay stone work consisting of semi-precious stones and pearls.

    A Meenakari Key Stand Peacock is also available at a cost of fewer than two hundred rupees. It has a beautiful peacock in the centre and hooks for hanging keys made with Meenakari in the shape of Swastika.

    These peacock form based artifacts from Poompuhar’s expert artisans are attracting the hearts of many art lovers.  They are also used as astonishing gift items.

  • An enchanting world: The crafts of India

    A nation with a rich history and a proud heritage, India is immensely popular for its crafts that are as diverse as the country itself. From historical ages to the trendy times of today, Indian crafts never fail to charm the world with their beauty and wonder. Rural communities of India still hold the cultural tradition of crafts guarded with sincerity.

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    The history of the Indian crafts industry goes back to about 5000 years from now. The Indus valley civilization is abundant with numerous examples of crafts of ancient times. It is a prestigious fact that India possesses a rich craft tradition characterized by high degree of technical excellence in the fields of weaving, jewellery, pottery and sculpture.

    All the states of India have their own identity in the world of crafts, each of which is unique and exclusive in its own right. Rajasthan, a state of north India with a royal heritage is home to a set of crafts like painting, puppetry, fabric coloration etc. These crafts were practiced and persevered through centuries by the royal Rajput families. Though puppetry has given way to modern entertainment like TV and movies, other crafts of Rajasthan like tie-dyeing is perceived as the roots of international fashion aesthetics. Even now, the interiors of Rajasthani homes are painted with floral motifs and the passion for decorative patterns run all over the state, which is easily the iconic identity of the nation’s crafts industry.

    The state of Gujrat is famous for its textile production methods which includes weaving, dyeing and printing. Bandhani is a unique Gujrati craft, wherein which the fabric is tied at some parts before dyeing resulting in interesting patterns on the cloth.

    Assam is renowned worldwide for its production of silk fabrics. The women of Assam are entrusted with the responsibility of creating silk fabrics. In Gandhi’s words, Assam women are born weavers they are capable of weaving even fairy tales out of their looms!

    Like north India, the southern states of India also present an interesting array of crafts. Karnataka is a state, which has international repute for its wood and stone works. The forests of this region supply wood, mostly rose wood to the wood workers of the state. And carving divine statues for temples is the major source of income for the people of Karnataka.

    Though the tides of time have turned dramatically in recent years, Indian crafts still present an adorable charisma to the international audience. Fashion and styles keep changing from time to time, but the value and the magic of Indian crafts still rule hearts.

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