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  • Poompuhar ties up with Indiamart.com

    Our visionis to maximize the visibility of Indian handicrafts. Since we are an organization which deals with popular Indian handicrafts, we have taken another initiative and tied up with IndiaMART.com for buyers to get to know about us.IndiaMART.com is a space for connecting companies and buyers. IndiaMART.com now has about 1.5 million suppliers. Not only is it a platform for sellers to display themselves, it is also a place where buyers can get complete details of the products they want to shop.

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    2014 has been a great year for us. We have undertaken many initiatives. With the launch of our website,customers can now buy products using credit/debit cards and net banking options. Then there was a signing of MOU with India post for timely delivery of goods and an MOU with GRT group of hotels was done so that tourists from different parts of the world could visit our showrooms. Read further to see the other initiatives by us-http://tnpoompuhar.org/blog/7-new-initiatives-by-poompuhar/. Wenow hope our tie up with IndiaMART.com will be an everlasting and fruitful one.

  • Crafts Mela 10% discount - Alwarpet

    Our ‪#‎Crafts‬ ‪#‎Mela‬ is back again! Get a chance to avail 10% ‪#‎discount‬ on authentic ‪#‎handicraft‬ items such as Thanjavur paintings, Rosewood panels, Jaipur paintings, Bathik painting, Kashmir sarees, Brass lamps and much more. Venue: Sankara Hall, ‪#‎Alwarpet‬ , Ttk Road, Chennai -18. PERIOD : 12.2.2015 to 23.2.2015 (Including Sunday). You can also shop online at poompuhar.org

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  • Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Poompuhar

    As the second week of February draws to an end, love is in the air quite literally. Markets are on full display in red – the color of love, hearts and flowers hanging everywhere and there is almost a contagious feeling of romance that you cannot escape whether you are single, engaged or married. With so many options and products to choose from, it is only natural that your mind gets flooded with ideas, yet you are unable to decide what to gift your special one. Fret not, as Poompuhar has its own range of products specially designed for the Valentine’s Day which are unconventional from the common ideas of ‘hearts-teddies-chocolates-cologne’.

    Let’s take a look.

    Jali-Inlay box

    The Jaliinlay box from Poompuhar is a perfect gift for her dressing table. It comes with a smart wooden finish in an ideal size to store precious or everyday items like jewelry, coins, etc. Every time your girl dresses up, the box will remind her of your thoughtfulness. Ladies, if you want your man to remember you even while at work, this box is a smart way to find your way on his office table. What say?

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    Radha-krishna Antique finish

    The love of Radha-Krishna has inspired us for generations and will continue to do so. If you want to give something that has a strong hint of tradition in it and is something that will stay on forever,this is what you are looking for.This metallic idol made ofzinc, copper, lead, tin and gold works both as a Valentine’s Day gift and pooja item. Its handcrafted antique polish makes sure both the gift and your love never lose their sheen.

    Painted bird

    This elegant pair of birds in brass is sure to woo your partner’s heart. Its creative design and fine polish can add a touch of elegance to any space it is adorned in. A perfect gifting idea for men and women, boys and girls!

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    TajMahal Pithwork

    If love could be incarnated into something tangible, it would be certainly be like the TajMahal. The TajMahal is an eternal symbol of love and this miniature replica makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Pith is the core of a plant grown in water andthis handicraft uses that to create a product made with great care and detail.

    These four gift ideas are not only unusual from the regular mushy gifts, buying them is also an act of kindness for the talented artisans who do not get access to sell their products at fancy marketplaces. Now that’s sure going to win you more admiration and respect from your beloved, isn’t it?

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  • Mumbai Crafts Mela - Feb 2015

    A few snapshots from the Crafts Mela in Mumbai. Visit us at Shri Sunderbai Hall, Mumbai from 1st to 14th Feb 2015 and get a special 10% discount on the best range of handicrafts from all over India! For online shopping visit poompuhar.org

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  • Inauguration ceremony of the Crafts Mela at Vijaywada by Shri S.V.Chowdhary

    Inauguration ceremony of the Crafts Mela at ‪#‎Vijayawada‬ by Shri S.V. Chowdhary on 30th Jan, 2015. Visit Moghal Exhibition Hall, Madhu Gardens to shop for exclusive handcrafted textiles, furniture and jewelry. Hurry now! For online shopping visit poompuhar.org

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  • The Significance of Deepam during Prayers in India

    Oil lamps were a part of various traditions and cultures around the world, until electric lights became popular. The earliest known oil lamp can be dated back to the Chalcolithic Age, about 4500 to 3300 BC. Today, their use is limited to only a few homes, more often only for visual appeal. But there is a lot more to the humble oil lamp, than its obvious use of providing light and aesthetics.

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    Light is significant to us because of how our eyesight works. Had our vision been like any other animal, light wouldn’t be so significant to us. Historically, the lamp was an essential part of our homes because of two reasons. One, there were no electric lights. Two, homes were built from organic materials so people couldn’t afford to open up huge windows.

    In India, It is also believed that an oil lamp is lit to bow down to knowledge as the greatest of all forms. The oil or ghee in the lamp symbolizes the vices and the cotton wick, the ego. When lit by spiritual knowledge, the vices get slowly exhausted and the ego too perishes. The flame of a lamp always burns upwards and similarly one should acquire such knowledge as to take us towards higher ideals.

    Light symbolizes the absence of darkness, grief & unhappiness. Hence, it’s a deep rooted Indian tradition to light a lamp first before starting any auspicious event or ritual. Light also symbolizes knowledge. Which is why in almost all inaugural functions we light the Kuthu vilakku (vilakku meaning ‘deepam’ or ‘lamp’), a type of oil lamp with 5 to 9 spouts, symbolizing Knowledge removing ignorance as light removes darkness.

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    Oil lamps were the source of light in the absence of candles before the invention of electrical lights. It is rather a customary practice to light the deepam twice,
    both in the morning and evening. Normally, it is lit in the pooja or prayer room
    before the deity. In fact, our daily worship has to start with the lighting of
    the oil lamp. It has a great spiritual significance besides intellectual one too. This is again because Deepam signifies knowledge. With this knowledge, ignorance or darkness in us is dispelled and the fear is driven out.

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    The lamps we light every day are different from the ones we light on auspicious days. While Kuthu Vilakku is lit to signify the beginning of any event or occasion. It signifies the three Gods Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva who are believed to be present in the Vilakku. At the base part is Bramha, the middle part Vishnu and the broad part on top is Shiva. The glow of the vilakku is represented as Goddess Lakshmi,the Light by Goddess Saraswati and the Heat by Goddess Parvati. The five petals or nozzles are said to represent the five elements of Nature — earth, water, fire, air and sky or space.12

    During Kaarthigai Deepam, Rows of Agal vilakkus (Clay Oil lamps) are lit in every house. Karthigai is essentially a festival of lamps. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. While the lighted lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthigai.

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    In Telugu households, Kaartheeka maasam (month) is considered very auspicious. The Kartheeka month starts on the day of Deepawali. From that day till the end of the month, oil lamps are lit every day. On Kartheeka Pournami (full moon of Kartheeka month) oil lamp with 365 wicks, prepared at home, are lit in Lord Shiva temples.

    For everyday prayers, one may light a Kamakshi Amman vilakku or Ashtalakshmi Vilakku, depending on the main deity of the household. There are various kinds of such vilakku with one spout and the deity is seated as the center motif. These lamps are said to bring in the presence of god in the form of light along with prosperity.

  • 5 Products For An Ethnic Household

    Unlike a traditional home, an ethnic home is where culture and tradition comes together with the modern twist. A splash of tradition here and there arranged in a stylish way can give your home a very ethnic look. Some of the items that can act as the splash of tradition can be in the form of:

    Wooden Furnishings

    Nothing says classy and ethnic like wooden furnishings do. Not only do they give a natural yet gorgeous look, they are also strong and resilient. Wooden furniture is also easy to maintain, weather resistant and, unlike plastic, is not damaging to the environment. If you have the space, you can choose big bold furnishings but otherwise there are small pieces of furnishings such as tea tables and side tables to add the splash of ethnicity you are looking for.

    Wooden Furnishings

    Shop for this at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/wood/round-table/round-table.html

    Uruli

    These are large circular pots usually made of brass traditionally used for cooking in southern parts of India for large groups of people, and now come in terracotta also. They are now used as decorative pieces where flowers and lamps are arranged. They help give a sweet smell to your home and light your home in a beautifully divine manner. Fill an Uruli with water and let some beautiful flowers and scented candles float in them to make your home aromatic and elegant.

    Tanjore Paintings

    Tanjore painting is a classic south Indian style of painting that originates from the town of Thanjavur. The paintings are made on wood or cloth canvases and are adorned with precious or semi-precious stones and 22 carat gold foils to add color and uniqueness to the painting. They usually depict Hindu gods and goddesses. This kind of painting is highly durable and lasts for generations. Adding these paintings to your walls can add a very beautiful yet classic touch to your home.

    Tanjore Paintings

    Shop for this at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/thanjavur-paintings/perumal/thanjavur-painting-butter-perumal.html

    Stone Sculptures

    Stone sculptures are yet another way to add zing to your spaces. Their sheer simple intricacy adds an allure to where ever they are placed. These sculptures in large sizes can be placed in your garden surrounded by plants or in a fountain or water baths. Smaller sized sculptures of deities can be places in the pooja altar, or even as a center piece in an Uruli filled with water and lamps. Other stone sculptures can also be placed as decorative pieces around the home to make it ethnically stylish from inside out.

    Stone Sculptures

    Shop for this at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/stone/granite-stone/stone-karumari.html

    Brass Utensils

    Traditionally water was always stored in brass utensils and even food was served in brass utensils. This was because brass is made of an alloy of zinc and copper that had wonderful properties that are greatly beneficial to our health. Food and water was stored and served in them so that they will absorb some of the brass while we consume them. Brass utensils are not only long-lasting and classy, they are a simple way to take care of your health with an exercise as simple as storing water. Serve your guests water in a Brass Sombu or Brass tumblers and food in brass plates. Not only will they look unique but they also make your food healthier to consume.

    There you go! A couple of affordable classic items to add an ethnic touch to your home that you can get your hands on quite easily.

     Brass Utensils

    Shop for this at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/brass/brass-plain-plate/plain-plate-antique-finish.html

  • Places to see in Thanjavur

    Considered as the ‘rice bowl’ of Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur has many tourist spots. Its name is derived from‘Tanjan’, the legendary asura (demons in Hindu mythology). There are many Hindu (a religion in India) festivals that happen in the place. The place has its share of monuments as well as religious places of historical importance .Since it has so many tourist attractions, it is considered as an important center for art , religion , architecture and literature . Thanjavur is famous for Thanjavur paintings. The popular Thanjavur dancing doll can be bought  here for those who have often seen it in other homes and have always wished to buy it. Thanjavur is also famous for handicrafts.

    Let’s see the famous tourist attractions in Thanjavur.

    Brihadeeswara temple

    Remember this temple from your history books in school?Built by Rajaraja Chola, this temple is a world heritage site. It is a temple of Lord Shiva and was constructed in the 11th century. It is one of the best architectural sites and also enjoys the status of being a part of UNESCO World heritage site.

    Brihadeeswara temple Image Credit - commons.wikimedia.org

    The Thanjavur Palace           

    Built by the Nayaks and Marathas, this place is a massive space with huge corridors, beautiful and royal design, and observation towers and there is an art gallery in the Nayak hall which has the best collection of artifacts from the eighth and ninth centuries.The Maratha royal family lives there and there is a temple in the palace which belongs to the family.

    Thanjavur Palace Image Credit - commons.wikimedia.org

    Grand Anicut                                                                

    Built across the Kaveri River in Thanjavur district, it was constructed by a Chola king, Karikalan. Built in the first century AD, it is one of the oldest dams of the world. The purpose of the dam is to divert the waters for irrigational uses. A visit to this place makes you understand the early engineering efforts put in by people of those times.

    Grand Anicut Image Credit - commons.wikimedia.org

    Saraswati Mahal library

    This medieval library is open on all days. It is one of the oldest libraries of Asia and has a rare collection of antiques and manuscripts .Only after the year 1918; was it converted into a public library. There is also a sales section where books are available for purchase.

    Saraswati Mahal library Image Credit - commons.wikimedia.org

    Sangeetha Mahal

    It is a hall of music located in Thanjavur and a place that must be on your travel list. Located in the Thanjavur palace on the first floor, it was actually used as a place where people used to perform arts and dance. Also, they have a handicraft gallery made by the Indian artisans. Considered as acoustically perfect and a great example of engineering then, this place is sure to leave you awestruck with the amalgamation of art and engineering it has on display.

    Schwartz Church

    The famous church is a plain building and is a marble structure .It was constructed in the memory of Frederick Christian, a Danish missionary. The highlight of the church is that it has a depiction of the last moments of the Danish missionary with the king Raja Serfoji. It is open on all days and has an English discourse on Sunday at 7.00 am.

    Poompuhar  has an outlet in Thanjavur on Gandhiji road where you can find the most exquisite range of handicrafts from all over India .

    Ready to set out on a history cum shopping trip?

    Schwartz Church Image Credit - commons.wikimedia.org
  • A sneak peek into the lives of Indian artisans

    India is a country with varied art forms and cultures. Our artisans are the core of our artistic history and have been so since the early days. Sometimes, we fail to understand that every artistic expression needs appreciation. It therefore gets difficult for the artisans of our country to relish the outcomes of their hard work and efforts. To understand the artisans of our country and the life that they have, we have to keep in mind the following things.

    What do they do?

    Remember that  beautiful box of diyas you bought last Diwali? Those artistically worked ones, complete with colourful paint and sparkling stones? Yes, that was the result of time and work put in by our very own Indian Artisan,working silently behind the scenes without any expectations for recognition. Not just diyas; what about idols, paintings, weaves, bamboo baskets, wood carvings and the endless list of handicraft products we buy every festive season? These are all the fruits of the hard work put in by our artisans. Every handcrafted product that you opt for is your direct contribution towards our artisan community.

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    What is their plight?        

    The craftsmen community of India is one which is under threat. The talent of Indian artisans have been facing the threat of becoming extinct and their role in the market is more than underplayed. Their survival rate is marked by the importance we give to their products and crafts. Without any surprise, because of middlemen in their trade, they do not get the attention they require.

    How are they encouraged at Poompuhar?

    At Poompuhar, we always aim at providing quality lifestyle to the artisan community of the state and the country. The artisans are encouraged by various awards like the Poompuhar state award, the Poompuhar district award, etc. We also impart training sessions to the artisan community, thus helping them overcome the problem of quality and production. Several exhibitions are also conducted frequently to expose the artisans to the customers directly thereby breaking the role of middlemen. We also provide them financial aids for the betterment of their society and livelihood. With the help of e-commerce, the artisans get better exposure to the feedback and appreciation from their buyers. This helps them improve their craft and also encourages them to perform better. Thus we try and encourage them as much as we can and in every way possible.

    A farmer depends on the rain for his produce to be harvested. Likewise, an artisan banks entirely on the appreciation and encouragement he gets from his buyers. It is therefore very essential for us to be more appreciative of indigenous products Instead of spending lakhs of rupees in shipping a product from overseas; we should opt for more Desi crafts and be as a source of inspiration for our hardworking artisans.

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  • What We Sell at Poompuhar

    When people think of Poompuhar, what immediately comes to their mind are the beautifully made Indian handicrafts that are loved by both Indians and foreigners alike. By Indians, because these handicrafts are small pieces of India’s rich cultural and religious heritage; and by foreigners because they are so intrigued by the intricacy and richness of these artistic products. Poompuhar is one of the few organizations that work with a genuine, bifocal aim - to promote the Indian culture and the work of artisans.

    With this aim in mind, we train and nurture our artisans to produce a variety of creative products to suit the tastes of different kinds of audience.Our products are manufactured in production centers owned by the Tamil Nadu Development Corporation. Here’s a look at what we sell:

    • Bronze items

    Our bronze items come in two finishes, i.e. antique and polish. Both are mostly statues of different gods and goddesses which make for high quality attractive gifting items.

    Bronze items

    Shop for this Kalingakrishna Antique Finish online at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/bronze/antique-finish/kalingakrishna-antique-finish.html

    • Wood Carvings

    Our exquisite range of woodcarvings are good to add that ethnic feel to your living room. From wooden panels to brackets and statues, these wooden items come in very innovative and intricate designs mostly with gods and goddesses as themes.

    Wood Carvings

    Shop for this Woodcarving Panel 3  at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/wood-carvings/woodcarving-panels/woodcarving-panel3.html

    • Thanjavur paintings

    This ancient art from south India, which originated in Thanjavur is one of the best gifting ideas, as well as for decorating your own house. Most of these paintings have a central god or goddess as a figure which is embellished with gems, glittering gold foils etc.

    Thanjavur paintings

    Shop for this Thanjavur Painting Karpaga Ganesh at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/thanjavur-paintings/ganesh/thanjavur-painting-karpaga-ganesh.html

    • Brass items

    Our extensive variety makes brass lamps as one of our most loved products. Besides lamps such asdeepam, hanging lamps and agal, other products such as cows, nataraja, peacock, ganesha, etc exude class in brass.

    Brass Cow

    Shop for this Cow With Calf Antique Finish at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/brass/brass-cow/cow-with-calf-antique-finish.html

    • Stone work and Woodwork

    Stone work is usually done in granite, soap or red stone with embellishments in white colour. Wooden handicraft items include lions, horses, elephants, Ashoka pillar and Buddha.

    elephants

    Shop for this Granite Stone Elephant at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/stone/granite-stone/granite-stone-elephant.html

    Woodwork

    Shop for this Wooden Ashoka pillar online at http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/wood/ashoka-pillar/wooden-ashoka-pillar.html

    • Pithwork

    Made from glass and stuck to a wooden base,this handicraft product usually has monuments and chariots as designs.Our pithwork products are miniatures showcasing popular facets of the Indian culture. These include the TajMahal, Kerala boats, Perumal temple, Thanjavur Temple and many others.

    Pithwork

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