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  • Ikat Fabrics: Connecting the World

    Ikat fabrics are taking the textile world by storm. Shrouded in mystery and stunningly beautiful, textiles historians haven’t been able to pin point its origin exactly. Unfortunately, fabrics have a pretty short lifespan in the grand old scheme of things but we do know that it’s been at the root of fabric culture across much of central Asia and the Indian subcontinent for many hundreds of years, if not thousands.

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    The word “Ikat” refers specifically to the method of dying that result in the distinctive style of pattern. Usually, when a cloth is dyed, it has already been woven but this is precisely where Ikat differs. The weave is dyed first in tight bundles of yarn and then woven into the desired pattern once the dye has dried.

    It doesn’t stop there though as there are three different types of Ikat weaving: warp ikat, weft ikat, and double ikat. Warp Ikat is where only the warp yarns attached to the loom are dyed with the ikat technique while the weft yarns are dyed in a block colour. This allows you to see the pattern before you have woven your fabric. Weft ikat is the opposite of warp ikat in that the weft yarn is dyed in the ikat style, meaning the pattern will start to reveal itself as the fabric is woven. Double ikat is the utilization of both warp and weft methods. This results in more complicated patterns and inevitably a pricier fabric. Double ikat is only known to be produced in three countries due to its complexity, those being India, Japan, and Indonesia, places known for their rich history in working with the ikat method.

    On the 16th of September this year, New Delhi hosted an event named World Ikat Textiles: Ties That Bind. This was an exhibition and a celebration of different ikat fabrics from all over the world, such as the Philippines, Thailand and of course, India. There were live demonstrations from master weavers, a fashion show and in excess of 200 unique Ikat weaves from every corner of the globe.

    The global reach of this weaving technique cannot be underestimated. The online market for ikat is growing by the day and demand has never been higher with sellers appearing in the UK, America and across Europe.

    However, many ikat items on the western market may not have been hand-woven in the traditional style of ikat. Lots of products have copied the ikat pattern and printed it onto the desired item, be it a cushion or a dress for the sake of mass production. This speaks volumes about the impression that the ancient weaving technique has left on the globe and is by no means the end of the loom and dye. Thanks to the multicultural nature of places like the UK, the craft is being preserved. Lessons are being offered in certain parts of the country in an effort to pass this invaluable and stunning method of creating unique patterns onto the next generation.

  • SIGNIFICANCE OF DIWALI: THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    Diwali is celebrated by people all over the world belonging to various religions to mark different ancient events and beliefs; however they all represent the victory of good over evil knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness and faith over despair.

    Diwali is an Indian festival which is also known as Deepavali or festival of lights. This festival is actually a series of festivals honouring five ceremonious events. The festival starts with Dhanteras, also known as Dhanvantari Trayodashi. Second day is called Narak Chaturdashi followed by the night of Diwali on Amavasya and Goddesses Lakshmi is worshiped. Forth day, devotees worship Lord Govardhan Parvat. The last day is dedicated to the treasured bond shared between brothers and sisters and is known as BhaiDooj.

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    Legend behind these five ceremonies

    DhanTeras – Dhanteras is a festival about celebrating wealth and fortune. This is celebrated two days before Diwali.

    NarakChaturdasi – This festival symbolize the conquering of the demon named Naraka, by the hands of Lord Krishna and his beloved wife Satyabhama.

    Diwali – Diwali is celebrated on Amavasya. Devotees believe that on this day Goddess Laxmi will fulfil all their wishes generously. There is tradition of gambling on Diwali as ancient stories suggests that Goddess Parvati and her husband Lord Shiva had played dice on this day, and she decreed good luck and prosperity for whole year to people who gambled on Diwali night.

    GovardhanPuja – The fourth day of Diwali is dedicated to Lord Govardhan. This day devotees worship of Lord GovardhanParvat. It is also believed that on Amavasya Lord Vishnu, in his dwarf incarnation defeated Bali, a tormenter, and exiled him to hell. Bali was only allowed one day in a year on earth to oust darkness by spreading the light of love and affection. On this day, Bali steps comes back to rule the earth as per the blessing he received from Lord Vishnu.

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    BhaiDooj – BhaiDooj or Yama Dvitiya is a festival of brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters invite their brothers to come to their homes for feast.

    Diwali is a festival of lights, sweets, fun and fireworks, and it celebrates the victory of truth and justice over evil. Diwali is about giving and forgiving, unity, prosperity, self-realization, and getting rid of all evils.

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  • Terracotta Art – Creating Art from Earth

    Terracotta is an art of moulding earth into beautiful art. It is an ancient art dating back to 700 BC. Sculptures of Goddess, Gods, cart frames, and wheels have been unearthed from various sites from Indus Valley, verifying that it was first originated in India. Terracotta items were also largely used in trade deeds at that time, for example, trade seals.

    This art is appreciated around the world and is becoming a hobby for many creative individuals. This art is known to bring your imagination to life and it requires patience and dedication. There are many institutes which teach you how to create this art from a handful of mud.

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    Terracotta art has been an essential part of Indian heritage and it has not lost its significance with time. If anything, terracotta art has been more popular and in high demand as artists have adopted with time and kept innovating. It has been passed along through generations. Today India exports many beautiful terracotta objects such as statues, urns, attractive bells, wall painting, oil lamps, and so on. This art has proved to be a very profitable for artists as it is always in demand with customers. In India, you can find terracotta artists in almost every village and city; however, there are few states which are famous for their distinct form of terracotta art.

    Rural areas of the West Bengal are known for creating beautiful terracotta pots, collectibles like attractive horses, household, and decorative items. Famous towns in West Bengal known for terracotta art are Murshidabad, Jessore, Birbhaum, Digha, and Hooghly. The terracotta art form was introduced in Bengal in the 16th century by Vaishnavite association. Their patterns generally describe the details to the community for which the art is created. In Darbhanga city in Bihar, horses are regular objects of terracotta art. Other animals’ sculptures signify major events or festivals such as elephants statutes are used during marriages. Artists from Gundiyali region in Bhuj, Gujrat create attractive clay pots with geometrical designs. Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir are some Indian state famous for terracotta art. Famous terracotta items which are created by artists are birds, animal figures like horses, elephants, snakes tigers, cow, elephants, buffalos, large statues of Hindu Gods.  In Tamil Nadu, few villagers have shaped enormous hollow horses with intricate decorations which are known to be the world's biggest hollow clay statues.

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    Terracotta art has survived since the 15th century due to its resourcefulness. From being used to create home décor items to building temples and building, terracotta is used for all. This building material is available in abundance universally. The know-how was developed after people learned the art of baking clay and started using it to design more permanent buildings, in case of inaccessibility to other materials like stones or woods. One of the best examples of terracotta architecture can be found in Bishnupura in Bankura district of West Bengal. It is the most popular and beautiful terracotta temple with extraordinary figurines and sculptures.

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  • Famous Ancient Indian Traditional Art and Paintings

    India is a land of cultural diversity but we can always witness that all these differences only makes it more interesting. Ancient Indian folk art is a tradition in India and it has been practiced through various generations in many parts of the country. With time, art forms tend to adapted modern resources but there are still few unpretentious forms who have survived the test of time. Most of the Indian folk art forms illustrate religious stories about God and Goddesses, and yet they are different from each other. Traditionally natural colours, earth, charcoal and natural resources were used by artists to maintain the natural integrity of the art. Ancient antique paintings are portrayed on the cloth or canvas.  Below is the list of ancient Indian art forms appreciating their uniqueness and magnificence –

    Madhubani Art

    Madhubani art originated in Mithila region of Bihar in India, hence this art is also known as Mithila art. Madhubani art is found in the mural and geometric patterns describing religious folk stories, God, Goddesses, Indian flora, and fauna. In ancient times, this art was used by women to decorate their home walls. Madhubani can be painted using fingers, sticks, brushes, pointed pens and natural colors and dyes. This art is mostly used as a part of the ritual during Indian festivals and happy occasions like birth or marriage, Holi, Kali Puja, Durga Puja.

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    Gond

    The Gond art form is said to evolve from Madhya Pradesh region in India. It is called Gond based on the name of ‘The Gondi tribe’ who is known as the inventor of Gond art. This type of art also focuses on the mysteries of nature, plants, animals. This is a very lively art form characterized by its upbeat colour schemes and vibrant looks. Natural colours are prepared from soil, charcoal and cow dung and are used to create this art form.

    Miniature Paintings

    Indian Miniatures paintings date back to 17th century and evolved in Western Himalayas. The art items are painted in small size with elaborate expressions and are inspired by Persian art style during Mughal era. The artists used to describe history and war. The main characteristics of a miniature painting are the enlarged eyes, sharp nose, and thin waist with men in turbans.

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    Phat Art

    Phat art is a traditional art of Rajasthan with paintings of folk deities of Pabujai and Devnarayan. The painting describes the incidents related to lives of these deities. It is painted on canvas and the paintings are generally large in size. Painters use natural colours and dye to create this magnificent art form.

    Kalamkari

    Kalamkari art is a Hindi translation for ‘creating art with pen’. A kalamkari is an ancient form of hand painting painted on cotton or silk cloth using natural colours and a special type of tamarind pen. This art is popular in Andhra Pradesh in machilipatnam and Srikalahasti. Machilipatnam artists create block paintings and Srikalahasti artists create designs on fabrics using pens. Natural resources are used for preparing colours such as fruits, vegetables, leaves and so on. Most common objects of Kalamkari art are flowers, birds, peacocks and Hindu mythological stories. In this day and age, this art has excelled as a popular art to create Kalamkari sarees.

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    Tanjore Painting

    Tanjore paintings are a famous art form of South Indian culture and are native to Thanjavur region of Tamil Nadu.  These paintings depict the stories related to God, Goddesses and holy saints of Hindu religion. Vibrant colours, precious stones, and ornaments are used to create these paintings. This art form is the blend of Maratha, Deccan and European panache and it originated in India somewhere in the 16th century.

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    Cheriyal Scrolls

    Cheriyal Scrolls painting is an ancient art form similar to Nakashi art. In current times, this art is only created in Telangana and Hyderabad states in India. These cheriyal scrolls paintings use local motifs and stories from Indian mythology. These scrolls are more than fifty feet long and painted in panels to narrate the stories from Puranas and Indian epics. Primary colours are used to create the scrolls.

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    Bhil

    Bhil is a folk art created by one of the main tribes in India known as ‘Bhils’. They live in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra region in India. Bhils are known as successors of Eklavya, the great archer from Mahabharata. Bhil paintings are mostly about nature and tribal lifestyle and are painted using bright natural colours.

    Kalighat Paintings

    Kalighat paintings are used by artists to raise their voice against social conditions and cause awareness. The art form is known to exist since the 19th century and was originated at Kalighat in West Bengal state in India. Initially, this art was focused to tell religious stories but in modern times it is used for social reforms.

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    Warli

    Warli is another tribal art form from the Gujarat and Maharashtra regions. The Warli tribe used to paint the walls to decorate their homes. This painting uses geometric patterns to describe life in a modest way. The art is created on gerue (red soil) base with bamboo sticks. Rice paste is used to paint the various life events like festivals, dancing, etc.

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    Saura

    Saura is a traditional tribal painting used by Saura tribe living in Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. These paintings describe the never-ending connection between nature and mankind. Saura paintings use natural colours made from neem leaves, herbs, and flowers. Saura art also uses geometric patterns like Warli however it is much bigger and extended form of painting.

  • 21 Age old wisdoms of ancient India

    Our country “BHARAT” is very different and unique in all respects in whole world. Be it the tradition,culture,history,climate,language,region or religion, India has always set an example of exemplary wisdom and peace since beginning. A lot of changes though has taken place from following rituals to spending life,but there are still people who strictly follow the ancient lifestyle practices that our rishis and ancient Indian scholars used to do. You all might be aware of the things that Iam going to write down below but hardly find time to inculcate these habits in our day to day life.

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    Have a look over some wisdom points from ancient Hinduism custom that might be helpful to many of you living in today’s modern world:

    • People are advised to worship Neem and Banyan tree in the morning. Inhaling the air near these trees, is good for health.

     

    • If you are trying to look for ways for stress management, there can’t be anything other than practicing Hindu Yoga asanas and Pranayamam(inhaling and exhaling air slowly using one of the nostrils).

     

    • Hindu temples are built scientifically. The place where an idol is placed in the temple is called ‘Moolasthanam’. This ‘Moolasthanam’ is the place where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum, thus benefitting the worshipper.

     

    • Every Hindu household has a Tulasi Tulasi leaves when consumed, keeps our immune system strong to help prevent the dangerous H1N1 disease.

     

    • The rhythm of Vedic mantram, (an ancient Hindu practice), when pronounced and heard cures so many disorders of the body like blood pressure, heart disorders and insomnia.

     

    • Hindus apply the holy ash on their forehead after taking bath to removes sweat and excess water from head.

     

    • Women keep Kumkumabottu on their forehead that protects them from being hypnotised.

     

    • Eating with hands might be looked down upon in the west but it connects the body, mind and soul.

     

    • Hindu custom requires one to eat on either banana or palash leaves. This is the most eco-friendly way as it does not require any chemical soap to cleanse it and it can be discarded without harming the environment.

     

    • Piercing of baby’s ear is actually a part of acupuncture treatment. The point where the ear is pierced helps in curing asthma.

     

    • The old practice of pasting cow dung on walls and outside the house prevents various diseases as it is considered natural anti-biotic and rich in minerals.

     

    • Hindus consider drinking cow urine to cure various illnesses. Apparently, it does balance bile, mucous and air and cures heart diseases and also acts like an antidote.

     

    • The age old punishment of doing situps while holding the ears actually makes the mind sharper and is helpful for those with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioral problems.

     

    • Lighting ‘deepam’ or oil or ghee lamp in temples and houses fill the surrounding with positivity and recharge your senses.

     

    • Janjam, or the string on a Brahmin’s body, is also a part of acupressure and keeps the wearer safe from several diseases.

     

    • Decorating the main door with ‘Toranamu'- a string of mango leaves; neem leaves and ashoka leaves actually purifies the atmosphere.

     

    • Touching the elder’s feet keeps your backbone in good shape.

     

    • Cremation or burning the dead is one of the cleanest form of disposing off the dead body.

     

    • Chanting the mantram ‘Om’ leads to significant reduction in heart rate and leads to a deeper form of relaxation with increased alertness.

     

    • Hanuman Chalisa, according to NASA, has the exact calculation of the distance between Sun and the Earth.

     

    • The ‘ShankhaDhwani’ creates the sound waves by which many harmful germs and insects are destroyed. The mosquito breeding is also affected by Shankha blowing and reduces the spread of malaria.
  • Dussehra-Celebrating Good over Evil

    Festivals and celebrations form the mainstay of Indian society since the beginning of civilization. Indian festivals are considered as symbol of love, peace, brotherhood and unity throughout the world. Dussehra or Vijay Dashami is one such festival which beholds a lot of traditional and cultural significance. It basically symbolizes victory of good over evil.

    After nine days of celebrating Navratri, the 10th or the final day is celebrated in each and every corner of nation with full joy and spirit and is called as Vijay Dashami or Dussehra. It is believed that it is this day when Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasur and thus saved the world. It is celebrated in various parts of India with different historical beliefs conveying the same message of peace and harmony.In West Bengal, it is known as Bijoya where people exchange goodwill with each other. In  north India, Lord Rama is believed to have killed the demon king Ravana in Lanka by cutting off his ten heads, it is therefore celebrated as Dussehra here (dasa means ten and hara means to kill).In Maharashtra, Dussehra is celebrated very joyfully by collecting and offering the leaves of the Shami tree to elders to seek their blessings. In Gujarat, Dussehra is celebrated very enthusiastically and joyfully.People organize a special dance known as Garba where they dance on different devotional and regional folk songs. Devotees observe fast for those pious nine days of Navaratri and eat one time food during night after giving prayers to Goddess Durga.

    In south Indian states, there is a tradition of paying respects to one's Guru on Dussehra. InKerala it is known as “Vidyarambham”;vidyameans knowledge and arambham means startorbeginning. People here worship Goddess Saraswati in Dussehra. The festival is considered very auspicious and is believed to bring in prosperity and happiness. People visit temples and initiate all the new and good things in their life during this festival.

    Dussehra is a time to celebrate success, victory,triumph and good over evil.Let’s celebrate this holy festivalbynotjust associating oneself with fasting, being vegetarian,temple offerings etcbutwith full positivity and spirituality this year.All the days ofthis great festival hold a deep meaning and help in imbibing all the good qualities like charity,compassion,humility while letting go hatred,anger, ego and jealousy.

    Poompuhar offers a variety of products this Dussehra to help you remain spiritually aware and religiously more connected. Bring in home some beautiful pure brass and copper Pooja accessories this Dussehra and decorate yourhome and Pooja mandapam with these wonderful products:

    Ganesh Panel

    This 12x11x2 inch beautiful copper Ganesha Panel represents the Lord Ganesha seated amidst tastefully constructed arch. Hang it on your wall, keep in pooja room or gift it to your loved one this festive season.

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    Ashatalakshmi Deepam

    The simple yet elegant lamp depicting the Deity Ashatalakshmi (8 forms of Deity Lakshmi) is shown seated at the center with one spout. It is considered to bring in peace and harmony to your home during Navaratri.

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    Lakshmi Villaku

    Bring in home this Dussehra the auspicious brass Lamp presenting an ornamental stem at its base with 5 beautiful spouts and an Annam at the top.

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    Ashta Lakshmi Chembu

    Copper is known for its Ayurvedic and medicinal properties since ancient time. It is also used for making many household items because of its antimicrobial action and amazing healing power. This 4x4" copper AshatalakshmiChembu is used to store offerings like milk, payasam, panagametc during pooja rituals and in festive season.

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    Wall Hanging Leaf Ganesh

    The astonishing leaf shaped Lord Ganesha is a blend of ethnicity and neo modern creativity. Since Lord Ganesha is considered as a symbol of good luck, success and prosperity, go for this exquisite leaf shaped wall hanging this Dussehra.

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    Happy Dussehra!

  • A Glimpse of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts

    If you ever travel to Tamil Nadu, then your trip would be incomplete without acquaintingyourself with the rich and diverse handicrafts of the region.Be it the capital city of Chennai, the surrounding cities of Kanyakumari and Thanjavur or the geographically interesting Kanyakumari, every region in the state has something bright, colourful and original to offer to lovers of art. Poompuhar brings a vast collection of such diverse art to you at one place. You can visit our website at http://tnpoompuhar.org/ and be a proud owner of exceptional artwork crafted by talented artisans.

    Our products are bought to adorn homes not just in India but abroad as well. Some of our bestselling products and materials include –

    Bronze

    Bronze is the most popularmaterialfor art statues or sculptures. It can be used for statues, art pieces, small figurines, designer utility articlesand evenfurniture.  Bronze work is famous around Swamimalai, and Kumbakonam inThanjavur District.

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    Brass Lamps

    Brass lamps are commonly used in Hindu householdsin theprayer room, butmany designs of such lamps are used as decorative items also. These brass lamps are mostly crafted in areas like Sivagangai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nachiarkoil, and Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District.

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    Thanjavur Painting

    Tanjore Painting is one of the most famousstylesof traditional South Indian painting. It is the inherent art from the Thanjavur or Tanjore city in Tamil Nadu. It is also be found in Trichy and Chennai.Most of these paintings depict stories related to Hindu Gods, Goddesses and saints.

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    Thanjavur Art Plate

    Thanjavur art plates are the custom metal craft of sophisticated workmanship in Thanjavur. Famous Thanjavur Art plates contain images of goddesses, flora, and fauna or geometric patterns compressed out on copper and silver sheets.

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    Wood Carvings

    Sandalwood is used because of its religious significanceand it is supposed to be an extremely expensive material for wood artefacts. The wood is refined to create a number of products like God idols, twisted chariots with famous jail work, and home decor items such as paperweights, walking canes, photo frames, small storage cases, and holders and so on. Sandalwood carving art is done in Kallakurichi in Villupuram Districts.

    Sandalwood Carvings

    Sandalwood is used because of its religious significance and it is supposed to be an extremely expensive material for wood arte facts. The wood is refined to create a number of products like God idols, twisted chariots with famous jail work, and home decor items such as paperweights, walking canes, photo frames, small storage cases, and holders and so on. Sandalwood carving art is done in Kallakurichi in Villupuram Districts.

    Lacquerware

    Lacquerware is an art where objectsare ornamentally decorated with lacquer. Lacquerware has painted or carved pictures which are lacquered for the final touch. Such art can be done on any item like large boxes, crockery, tokens, furniture or even coffins. Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli District is famous for Lacquerware.

    Stone Carving

    In stone carving, pieces of uneven natural stones are designed into a beautiful piece of art by meticulously carving out the extra stone. The initial proof of depictive art is stone carving, for example, temple carvings and historic sculptures.  Stone Carving work mostly comes from Kancheepuram, Namakkal and Coimbatore districts.http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/stone.html

    Papier Mache & Clay Toys

    Papier Mache is an art form containing paper pieces or pulp, occasionally reinforced with fabrics using adhesive like glue, starch or wallpaper paste. Clay art is a traditional art of creating toys, statues, decor pieces using clay. Papier Mache & Clay Toys are famous in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Chennai, and Kancheepuram.http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/papier-mache-47.html

    Pith

    Pith is the hard core of a water reed available abundantly in tanks, swamps and lakes. The pith is used for creating the miniatures of famous architectural monuments and daily objects such as Taj Mahal, Perumal Temple, Bullockcart, Temple Chariot etc. This type of art is commonin Thanjavur and Kumbakonam Pudukottai areas.http://tnpoompuhar.org/tamil-nadu/pithwork.html

    Kanyakumari is known for its work in fiber, talipot fiber, screw pine, lace, and embroidery work. Vadaseri, Salem, Trichy, Virudhunagar, Coimbatore are famous for silver and imitation jewellery. These are just someof the productswhich you can browse and buyfrom Poompuhar. There are many other works of arts available and we try to feature as much as work from artisans from all over the state. Enjoy shopping.

  • Sanjhi Art–The Beauty of Paper and Scissors

    The passion of arts in humans does not wait for any manmade canvas or paint for its expression. The instinctive urge to honor Mother Nature and avoid polluting it has led humans to experiment with natural resources. Sanjhi art is one such example.The word Sanjhi means “sandhya” or “dusk” and is native to Mathura,a district in Uttar Pradesh. Sanjhi is a traditional paper artthat makes use of paper and scissors only. It’s a skill of cutting out a beautiful yet complicated pattern reflecting panorama of Lord Krishna mainly.

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    Mathura is known to be Lord Krishna’s birthplace.The people here are fond of making Sanjhi art pieces with zest and passion. Known for its spiritualty, Sanjhi art started around 16th century when people took interest in decorating the wall and floor of templeswith exquisite designs, intricate mythological figures and natural motifs with special focuson Lord Krishna’s Ramleela.

    To make Sanjhi art,designs are drawn using either hand or a stencil on a piece of paper and then cut using a specially designed scissor. In North India, people make sanjhi designs on banana leaves too. During paper cutting process,the paperis rotated carefully around the scissor so that the design can be neatly cut out.This step requires a lot of concentration as a slight slip of hand can spoil hours of hard work.Paper cutting is done without any sketch work or tracing. This paper is then folded from corners for liftingafter the color has been applied.The cut designs are carefully placed, sometimes on surface of water or a flat surface and filled with different types of colors which can be substituted with natural flowers,colorful stones,mirror pieces etc.After colorfilling, the artisan meticulously lifts up the Sanjhi, holding his breath so that the design doesn’t get disturbed. That’s the uniqueness and precision of Sanjhi art. Astep that separates success of Sanjhi art from failure.The stunning piece of art is uncovered at evening time during Pooja and the event is accompanied by reciting various songs and hymns that are related to Lord Krishna.Various art forms where Sanjhi templates are used are coasters, trays,paintings,wall hangings,henna patterns,bindi, lampshades and greeting cards. The art piece ranges anywhere from Rs 10 for a simple bindi cut to Rs 5000 for a magnificent filigreed Sanjhi work.

    Sanjhi art is a ritual practice that involves offerings to eventools along with deities and teachers.The tools used are carefully wrapped in a clean cloth piece to protect from rust and also as a mark of respect.Sanjhi art requires a lot of time and patience. A typical Sanjhi work can take anywhere between an hour and even a month. Sanjhi art pieces can be found in homes and spaces of art lovers. You can also see it at Delhi Metro Station and even at airports. Recently Sanjhi art was used as a pictogram during Commonwealth Games.

  • Famous Forts of India

    India is a land of rich cultural history and architecture. To experience it one must see the majestic palaces and forts built by royal kingdoms of India. Forts were built to guard off enemies in the past. Whole of India is dotted with breathtaking forts of different sizes and types. Everything in a fort, from window to porch to bastion to courtyard and even the outer wall recounts some historic tale. Constructed with an extreme sense of finesse and ability, one cannot stop falling in love with these outstanding pieces of architecture that India feel so proud of. Here is a list of few popular and marvelous forts of India:

    1. Mehragarh Fort, Jodhpur

    An elevated platform and thick boundaries make the Mehragarh Fort of Jodhpur as one of the largest forts in India. The magnificent fort has 7 huge gates, one of which still has a distinct cannonball imprint that signifies the wars of the past. Inside, lies a big museum which documents the rich history of the rulers of that time which is exhibited mainly in the form of paintings, dresses, ammunition etc.

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    1. Red Fort ,Delhi

    Red Fort (or Lal Quila) is an apex of Mughal art and the most popular monument in the capital city of India. It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna and was built by Shahjahan.  Carved with only red sandstones, red fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most well preserved and massive forts of India. The fort reflects Islamic sense of architecture with splendid Persian motifs and carvings.

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    1. Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

    Gwalior fort is known to be ruled by 110 rulers of different dynasties. Gwalior fort is believed to have witnessed some great historical events where Tantya Tope fought with the British army and Rani Lakshmi Bai took her last breath. The dramatic Jain sculptures, ceramic tiles, attractive motifs and intricate lattice work make the Gwalior fort a very unique monument of India.

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    1. Amer Fort

    Amer Fort is located in Amer which falls between Delhi and Rajasthan and is therefore known as Gateway to Rajasthan. This huge fort is built on top of Cheel ka Teela (Eagle’s hill) amongst Aravali hill range and is never known to be conquered by any ruler. The major attractions of Amer Fort are Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam, the Summer Residence and Sila Mata Temple. The intricately carved and beautifully painted palaces inside the fort, gardens, rooms and terraces reflect the rich culture of India and artisan’s hard work. Built by Raja Man Singh, Amer fort represents a distinct blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

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    1. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

    Golconda was basically a mine from which precious gemstones of the world were believed to be mined. The fort reflects the richest histories and traditions of India. The unique domes, entrances, pillars of fort are surrounded by 10 kilometer long boundary wall. The fort renders an acoustic affect where a clap at the entrance of The Fateh Darwaza can be heard a kilometer away at Bala Hisar pavilion.

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    1. Red fort, Agra

    The huge Agra fort was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 15th century. Agra Fort is spread over an area of about 94 acres and has believed to witness a number of Indian wars and battles. Diwan e khas, diwan e aam, khas mahal, shish mahal, and an octagonal burj are some of the most aesthetically designed complexes inside Red fort. It is believed that Shahjahan died in the marvelous balcony of the octagonal burj only, when he was held captive by his son Aurangzeb.

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    1. Chittoragarh fort, Rajasthan

    Chittoragarh fort of Rajasthan is a World Heritage Site and is located 175 kilometers east of Udaipur. The fort has two uniquely designed pillars, the Kirti Stambh and the Vijay Stambh, reflecting the ultimate art and finesse of the artisan. With about twenty pools, nineteen temples and four palaces, Chittoragarh fort leaves you spell bound by its unique architectural beauty.

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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.

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