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  • 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.

  • Poompuhar Envisions to Secure the future of Indian Handicrafts

    Indian art, like the systems of Indian philosophy, was rooted in that truth, and so were Indian music and dance. Together they evolved as related expressions of man’s humanity, symbolized by a tree inverted, whose leaves and branches and fruits are spread upon earth, and its roots in the cosmic space.

    Indian handicraft has travelled a long journey to reach where it is today. It is one of the popular choices around the world even after experiencing so many ups and down in the past. The root of Indian handicraft is connected to its rich and diverse culture and traditions. Poompuhar is supporting this heritage by supporting the future of Indian artisans and Indian handicrafts.

    Poompuhar originated in 1973 due to the efforts of Tamil Nadu government and is also known as the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation.

    The Corporation supports the various artists who have dedicated their lives to art and crafts and followed their forefathers’ professions. It offers them to earn while focussing on their creativity.  Most of the artisans work with stone, clay, brass, wood, silver, gold, cane,  ivory, bamboo, cotton, silk and bronze. The corporation is also known as Poompuhar based on an ancient and beautiful coastal city of Tamil Nadu. The Corporation has its presence in various districts of the Tamil Nadu such as Coimbatore, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, and Erode.

    • The Corporation is known to implement several schemes for the welfare and development of the deteriorating or forgotten groups of crafts
    • Some of the examples of the crafts that have benefitted are lacquer ware, papermache, mat weaving, and terracotta
    • They also established general facility units for artisans, also known as, ‘Urban Hatt’ for proper marketing of these crafts
    • These units are supported financially by the state as well as central government
    • Poompuhar organize an annual competition to motivate and promote the work of these artisans and offer awards such as a gold medal, certificates or cash prizes to top ten craftsmen
    • The handicrafts are promoted on the vast Poompuhar network of more than 18 stores
    • They also organize exhibitions across the nation to maintain a constant income source of these artists
    • In addition to the above marketing activities, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Corporation also owns six production units.
  • Poompuhar is set to transform the handicraft market using virtual reality

    Poompuhar is all set to develop the virtual reality tool with an initial investment of approximately Rs. 2.2 Cr. Poompuhar is the retail arm of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation and this initiative will be funded from the State Innovation Fund.

    The campaign will place mobile units of approx. 1000 square ft. at places like airport or malls. Potential customers will be provided with head gears to virtually observe the art and crafts while browsing through the showroom or craft centre or a workshop. Customers will be able to purchase the desired item from Poompuhar online store. According to Santhosh Babu who is the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Poompuhar this technology will also be implemented in other government departments.

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    This new Poompuhar project is 3-Design Research and Development Centre, Chennai. This centre will also be funded by State Innovation Fund and will be managed under a business model by an external organization. This centre will be responsible for designing products for the virtual reality display area. It will also help in souvenir and utility market segments which is part of Poompuhar future expansion.

    Utility market will include the handicrafts from China. Santhosh Babu added to his earlier statement that souvenir market consists of high-end products and such items are in high demand also. Hence, Poompuhar is planning to expand into this growing market with the help of this design centre. It will help in keeping up with the demand for these fast-moving items.

    Poompuhar is also looking to include more avenues while focusing on non-traditional selling prospects. Supporting these plans, there is a plan in place to launch a craft cafe at Urban Haats in the Nilgiris and Mahabalipuram like the café already running in Kanchipuram.

    "Since VR is one of the burgeoning areas, why not a government department shows the way forward in utilising new technology and be the trendsetter in making a virtual showroom," said Dr Santhosh Babu.

    Also, a 360 degree walk-through webpage will be designed for potential customers, who are not able to visit physical stores, to offer the same experience. He anticipated the total revenue to be Rs. 50 crore in this fiscal and Rs. 33 Cr to be the total sales from the showroom.

    This will the ground-breaking initiative by Poompuhar by mixing tradition and technology to promote the love for handicrafts in India.

    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/virtual-reality-to-give-a-boost-to-sale-of-art-works/article22547277.ece

  • 10 must have beautiful items from Poompuhar collection to welcome New Year

    It is almost New Year!! As we step into 2018 with all the experiences from 2017, we are bound to feel happy and nostalgic at the same time. It is time to celebrate the new beginnings while saying farewell to a great year. If you are someone who likes to express yourself with gifts or souvenir, then you can browse through the vast handicraft collection on Poompuhar website. There is something for every occasion with a promise of quality on each product. Indian handicrafts have always been mesmerising so why not start a new year with a great gift for you and your family or friends. Here is a glimpse of a few popular and new handicraft items available at Poompuhar –

    Krishna Leela Green Stone

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    This delicatestatue is made of green stone andexhibits an enthusiastic display of excellentartistry. It has ornamental carvings to enhance its fine work.  The statue is four inces and suitable as a gift.

    Granite Stone Elephant

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    This granite stone made elephant statue is available in different variants in terms of weight and height. The statue is of a walking elephant and can be used for decorating purposes.

    Thanjavur Painting RadhaKrishnar

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    This Thanjavur painting of RadhaKrishnar is suitable for worship home as well as for decorative purposes. The God is portrayed as sitting and offering blessing. The painting dimensions are 142*110*8 and it weighs almost 70000Kg.

    Sandal Wood Arch Ganesh

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    This is a rare and beautiful sandalwood figurewill fill your home with never-ending aromaof sandal wood. It is a graceful idol of Lord Ganesh and will add serenity to your home.

    This original work made of superior sandalwood is a gem that can be appreciated for a very long time. Its dimensions are 9*6*2 and it weighs approximately 300 Kg.

    Ashtrotra Deepam

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    Lighting an Ashtrotra Deepam on New Year eve will help you attract positivity and happiness in future. This Lamp is elevated from the base and has four branches which are tailored with five small hanging spouted thagali. The top of the lamp has a statue of Goddess Laxmi,sitting on a Lotus. The lamp is made of 60% copper and 40% zinc and weighs around 13 kg.

    Thanjavur Art Plate Ashtalakshmi

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    Poompuhar is offering this beautifully crafted Tanjore Art Plate to the art-lovers which is accessible in numerousschemes and patterns. This plate is an example of latest fashion trends and is meticulously designed by famous artisans. The material used in making this products are of high quality and modern techniques have been used to give the fine details. This art plate represents the Astalakshmi concept i.e. it denotes eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi. This plate is ideal for pooja and ornamental purpose or as gift items.

    IllamThorumValluvar - ThiruvallurSripam 3D Printed

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    Thiruvalluvar, also known as Valluvar, is a renowned Tamil poet and philosopher. This statue is to honor his teachings. His contribution to Tamil literature is called Thirukkural which is about ethics.  It represents one of his saying - “Do not lose hope follow the Thirukural and blessed life.”

    Maha Meru Stone

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    Maha Meru or Sumeru is a sacred mountain which isrespected indifferent cultures in India like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The highest point or the last bud on this six foot pyatthat signifies Mount Meru

    Wall Hanging Lamp Shade

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    This 200Kg leather lamp shade is perfect for decorative use as well as gift. It has fine details and is of high qyality.

    Balaji with Lakshmi Thanjavur Painting

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    This Thanjavur painting showcases a sketch of Lord Balajion a dark-background with His divine companion Goddess Mahalakshmi. It has cheerfulwork of gold foil and kundan stones.

    I have already decided what to add to my art collection, have you? Have a great year ahead!!

    Happy New Year…

  • மாமல்லபுரம் சிற்பங்களுக்கு புவிசார்(GI Tag) குறியீடு.!

    தமிழக அரசின் விண்ணப்பத்தை ஏற்று, மாமல்லபுரத்தில் உள்ள சிற்பங்களுக்கு புவிசார் குறியீடு வழங்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.
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    உலகில் உள்ள ஒவ்வொரு பகுதிக்கும் வெவ்வேறான பாரம்பரியங்கள், கலாச்சாரங்கள், கட்டட அமைப்புகள் என தனித்த அடையாளங்கள் இருக்கின்றன. டார்ஜிலிங் தேநீர், மைசூர் பட்டு, தமிழகத்தின் தஞ்சாவூர் ஓவியம், காஞ்சிபுரம் பட்டு ஆகியவைகளின் சிறப்பு மற்றும் பாரம்பரியத்தைக் கருதி அவற்றிற்கு புவிசார் குறியீடு அளிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

    இந்தியாவில் பொருட்களுக்கான புவிசார் குறியீடு பதிவு மற்றும் பாதுகாப்புச் சட்டம் 1999-ம் ஆண்டு இயற்றப்பட்டது. மத்திய அரசின் கீழ் செயல்படும், இதற்கான அலுவலகத்தின் தலைமையகம் சென்னை கிண்டியில் இருக்கிறது.

    இந்த நிலையில் தமிழக அரசின் விண்ணப்பத்தை ஏற்று, மாமல்லபுரம் சிற்பங்களுக்கு புவிசார் குறியீடு வழங்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதன் மூலம் இனிமேல் மாமல்லபுரம் சிற்பங்கள் என்ற பெயரில், இனி யாருமே சிற்பம் வடிக்க முடியாது. மதுரை மல்லி, தஞ்சாவூர் ஓவியங்கள், காஞ்சிபுரம் பட்டு, ஆரணி பட்டு, சிறுமலை வாழை, கோவை வெட் கிரைண்டர் உட்பட 24 பொருட்களுக்கு புவிசார் குறியீடு பெற்று தமிழகம் 2ஆம் இடத்தில் உள்ளது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

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  • Huge Bronze statues on display exclusively at Poompuhar outlet

    Bronze statues are known for their strength and ductility (lack of brittleness). Made up of copper and tin they are used in making statues, reliefs and figurines. Bronze items are always appealing and captivating to the eyes of the beholder. Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation limited is displaying three huge new bronze statues welcoming guests and customers, at its Poompuhar outlet in Chennai. Speaking of the history and tradition of India, the exquisitely tall bronze statues from Poompuhar will make you ponder over the history of India and render you speechless. The tallest one representing Lord Ganesha, is from Swamimalai and measures seven feet in length and weigh more than a ton. The incredibly tall bronze statues are usually uncommon to be seen for sale in the city. The other two statues at the outlet represent Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswathi and are 5.5 feet tall. Earlier the statues never used to be so tall. This is the first time Poompuhar artisans have shown their exemplary sense of art and perseverance in constructing these new and magnificent bronze statues.

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    Swamimalai is a small town near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu and lies on the banks of river Cauvery approximately 250 km from Chennai. The region specializes in constructing bronze statues and idols of various Gods and Goddesses. Because of the extraordinary sense of artisanship and finesse not only in Indi a, bronze statues from here are in great demand overseas also.

    Our craftsmen at Poompuhar excel in manufacturing all types of bronze statues according to Shilpa Shastra for temples. The only aim of our artisan is to put the essence of Indian Art and culture in their handicrafts and bring them forward to the forefront of the world. In a zest to achieve the goal, they have worked hard for around 3 months to make these huge bronze statues today. Each of the statue cost around Rs 70 lakh.

    The exceptionally beautiful and tall bronze statues are usually available at Poompuhar outlet in Chennai and sometimes brought from Swamimalai to Chennai, as per the demand of customers. The main customers for these statues are from temple and corporate world. Apart from the huge bronze statues Poompuhar also takes pride in its elegant collection of a number of other bronze items online. If you are looking to gift something memorable to your loved one, pay a visit to our Poompuhar outlet or log on to the website for more beautiful and cost effective bronze products.

  • Puja Accessories at Poompuhar

    The monsoons have hit India and how. Places across the region have been seeing strong monsoon showers and this is just the start.

    Did you know that the rain is considered holy in many cultures? In fact rain fall is considered as a blessing from the Gods in so many religions and regions around the world. So we put together a list of Puja accessories that you must have in your prayer room and enjoy the Lords blessings this Monsoon.

    Granite Stone Ganesh

    Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, the most interesting deity and the iconocologist’s delight. Ganesha is also known as Vinayaga, Ganapati, Vigneswara. The granite stone article on Poompuharis of the elephant headed deity with four hands holding ‘paasam’ (the noose) and ‘mazhu’ (the axe) in his hands along with his broken tusk in writing pose. Keeping the Ganesh idol is considered lucky and is said to bring prosperity.

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    Ranganathar Deepam

    The Ranganathardeepam or lamp has a round base with 1 spout.At the centre motif Lord Sriranganathar is displayed in a reclaiming pose with his consort sridevi in sitting position on the coil of a 5 headed serpant. Placing the RanganatharDeepam in your home is said to keep away bad omen.

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    Murugar Set Polish

    Murugar is another son of Lord Shiva and also known as Karthikeya, Skanda in Northern Regions and Subramanya, Muruga in Southern Regions. In this idol he is invariably seen with his Vel & Peacock. The article is made with a mix of zinc, copper, gold, lead and tin. The idol of Murugar, the Lord of War and Victory is said to bring strength to the family whose home the lord resides in.

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    Ashtalakshmi Chembu

    Copper has been the favourite material for making household utensils and vessels since ancient days. The medicinal properties of Copper were well understood and put to good use by the ancient Indians. The 4x4" Copper Ashtalakshmi Chembuavailable at Poompuhar is used in puja rituals to store offerings like milk, payasam, panagam, etc. Also called Kalash, the Ashta Lakshmi Chembu is the most popular and revered ritual during the house warming ceremonies, weddings, Lakshmi Puja and in temple festivals such as Kumbhabhishekam and Bhramotsavam. The water in the kalash represents the primordial water from which everything emerged. Water is considered the giver of life and source of all forms. A must have in your home for all the religious activities.

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    Want to see more items which can be placed in your prayer rooms? Head over to tnpoompuhar.org to see everything available.

  • Best Corporate Gifting ideas from Poompuhar

    Gifting is necessary to establish a good relationship in business and for company’s success also. So it’s crucial to carefully select the gifting item to be given in corporate companies. Corporate companies these days are opting for handicrafts to gift their clients, employees etc. Handicrafts or handmade items are in demand today because of their unique appearance, attractiveness, perfect artisanship and durability. Corporate gifts mean a lot for the company owners and their business as it reflect their brand name. A handicraft is the perfect product as it speaks about creativity and elegance. Log on to our website and find an array of such elegant corporate gifting ideas for your company:

    Brass Nataraj Polish

    Known as Nataraja, Lord Shiva is featured in the cosmic dancing pose in this product. His four arms can be seen delicately poised and body finely balanced. The upper right hand is shown carrying a drum while the upper left hand has shown bearing a tongue of flame symbolizing the destruction of evil and ignorance. Perfect to gift employees, business partner and clients. Click on the link below to explore this brass handicraft.

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    Parrot Branch Lamp

    One beautiful yet very elegant lamp featuring 4 flats branches fixed with a parrot which is holding hanging lamp in its beak. A thagali with 3 spouts is presented on the top and a parrot is shown seated on top of it. The total numbers of parrots are 22 and spouts are 108. The price is worth its quality and can be used for gifting in business and in corporate companies.

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    5x6x2 Inch White Metal Elephant

    White metal handicrafts have their own attraction and charm. This unique white metal elephant represents Indian tradition and culture. This piece will fit nicely into shelves of the living room or showcase and is reasonably priced.

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    Lakshmi with Prabai Polish

    Lakshmi is the deity of fortune, happiness and wealth in Hindu religion. Made up of zinc, copper, gold, lead and tin, the gracious bronze piece is perfect corporate gifting idea, in order to bring good luck and wealth to the company and for all associated business partners.

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  • 4 things at Poompuhar that will bring back your childhood memories

    Amid the hustle bustle of the city life, that one moment which reminds us of our childhood is enough to bring back memories and throw us into a nostalgia. The modern city is so fast faced that things come and go, we have become machines working tirelessly and trying to be absorbed into what is happening around us. Would it not be wonderful if someone comes to you and reminds you of the days you left behind?

    Let Poompuhar take you down the memory lane.

    NavgrahamDeepam: Be it school assemblies or an evening prayer ceremony at home. The navgrahamdeepam was the centerpiece of it all. The lamp having a broad stem with base and a deep thagali on the sides with a wick could be seen at every house, every school and any other place we can imagine. Check out the NavgrahamDeepams available on Poompuhar.org

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    Antique Finish Brass Plates: This round plate wall hanging with peacock enamel design could be seen in every home. Infact a distinct shelve was given in the living room of houses to showcase these antique plates made of brass. Did your home have one? Check out these beautiful antique finish brass plates for decorating your wall on Poompuhar.org

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    Chopu Set or the Kitchen Sets: Girls hold your heartbeats and brace yourself to be reminded of your ultimate birthday present ask. The chopu set or the model kitchen set was a firm favourite of girls back in the days. Every girl had at least one set or multiple sets of these kitchen items made of wood. While today the wooden chopu set has been replaced by the swanky Barbie dolls and Barbie mansions, but this thing still has its old world glory. We have chopu sets in multiple sizes at poompuhar.org

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    Toy Trains: Boys, it is your turn to be mesmerized now. Remember how you craved for the ultimate wooden toy train or truck? You could spend hours and hours playing with these toys and never let go of them. The ultimate fanboy item is available on poompuhar.org . Check them out!

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    There are plenty of other items that would bring your childhood memories gushing back. Have a look at all of them here : http://tnpoompuhar.org

  • 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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