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    Brass is basically an alloy of zinc and copper. Sometimes some other metal may be added to it. Brass items are expensive items and need to be taken care of.

    The foremost thing is to make sure that the item is actually made of brass or if it has just a brass polish over it. In the latter case, magnet will stick to it. The brass plated pieces need to be cleaned with a soft cloth or else the thin coating will wear off.


    Solid brass items are valuable pieces. On exposure to air, it tarnishes or oxidizes. The removal of tarnish is very important and therefore a clear coating of lacquer is applied on it to prevent the oxidation. Various types of polishes are available such as Brasso etc which are oily in nature; and they do not allow the alloy to come in direct contact with air; thereby preventing oxidation. Almost all the metal polishes contain solvents and detergents (which is required for removing the tarnish), mild abrasive and oils (which is required for inhibiting future tarnishing). Polish should be adequately applied i.e. only in traces as its overuse may discolor the metal.

    The entire cleaning and protecting process of the brass includes the following steps :-

    The general cleaning procedure involves the washing of the brass piece with warm water and mild detergent. For heavily tarnished brass, hot vinegar can be used for its cleaning or even by rubbing half a lemon with salt on it  one can do the cleaning very well.

    For mild polishing, toothpaste can be used or even a mixture of water, white vinegar and a cup of flour can be used. Remove lacquer coating by applying paint or varnish removing chemical to the brass article. The metal polish is applied in a very little quantity on an absorbent cloth; which is then allowed to dry for some time. Then, along with a grain of brass, it is rubbed on the metal surface. With another piece of dry cloth, buff the brass so that it may shine.

    Finally, reapply lacquer on to the brass article so as to provide a protective layer to it. With the help of a paint brush or cotton balls, only a thin layer is applied evenly and is allowed to dry or else finger prints etc will be left behind.

    After following these steps, only regular dusting with dry cloth is required to maintain the natural shine of the brass piece.

    The beautiful and eye catching brass idols of Lord Shiva and the decorative pieces at Poompuhar, too, can be taken care of in the similar simple manner.

    We must remember that brass can be damaged by excessive cleaning or using abrasives. Brass polishes are also abrasive; so they should not be used very frequently or else the finish will be permanently removed.

  • 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.


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


    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.


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