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  • Range of exclusive handicrafts at Poompuhar

    Handicrafts are the items which represent the art, culture, and tradition of a country or a place, created by skilled craftsmen who have years of experience in working with local materials and techniques.

    Well, most of us are fond of these handicrafts items and want to use them as a piece of decoration in our office or home. Because they are so beautifully created, they not only enhance the décor of our place but also provide soothing energy to our eyes too.

    If you are fond of beautiful handicrafts then Poompuhar showrooms across many cities can offer an authentic selection of products at much reasonable prices. Here we have curated Top five handicrafts items for the week from the exhaustive list of items available at Poompuhar:

    • Thombai

    It is a beautiful handicraft which is mainly used as a piece of decoration in homes, chariots, and temples. Its beautifully created designs usually comprise engraved images of swans, elephants, religious items, flowers, elephants etc. Thombai has a spiritual value too, hence the exclusive color combination used in thombai makes it more appealing and attractive, and thus one can have this item in their house to enhance the beauty or décor of their living area. There are two types of Thombai available with Poompuhar, namely Kalamari and Applique.

    • Bronze antique products

    Bronze antique handicrafts are beautifully created masterpieces which will surely catch your eyes with their finish and beauty. Being items which have a vast historical/ relisious significance these antique idols and sculptures are timeless and invaluable possessions for anyone who buys them.

    • Brass lamps

    If you are fond of lamps, then do pay a visit to the Poompuhar website to treat yourself to a vast collection of beautiful and exclusive designs of brass lamps which are available in all sizes and shapes. Choose from an assortment of standing or hanging lamps, ranging from traditional to modern designs as well as those specially crafted for festivals and celebrations.

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    • Brass bowls

    Brass bowls are versatile products which can be used for both decoration and storing things. At Poompuhar, brass bowls come in a variety of sizes and shapes along with colourful embellishments to suit your home décor.

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    • Brass Nataraj

    We all know the significance and beauty of a Nataraj sculpture and most of us want to have one in our house. Nataraj represents the dance of creation, the dance of destruction, the dance of solace and liberation performed by Lord Shiva. You can buy beautiful statues of dancing Nataraj in antique as well as polished finish from our website.

    To explore these and many other handicraft products, visit http://tnpoompuhar.org/shopping.

  • Why We Love Handicrafts (And You Should, Too!)

    Handicrafts are ornaments, decorations or functional utensils created by hand, or through the use of simple tools as opposed to complex machinery and production processes. Though they may bear a similarity to art and craft, they are distinct in the sense that the articles produced have an artistic and functional purpose.

    We love handicrafts, and it’s not just because of their elaborate beauty. In this article, our reasons shall be explored in greater detail. We hope that by the time you’re done reading this, you will share our point of view.

    Handmade art requires less energy than a mass production assembly line, this makes it more environmentally friendly. This fact is particularly true for commercial products produced abroad that must be shipped over long distances to reach buyers. Handicrafts are also more sustainable in the sense that craftsmen often use waste materials such as discarded plastics, metal, glass, etc. to make their products. By turning potentially harmful waste into functional art, they help reduce the impact that human waste has on the environment.

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    Handicrafts are beneficial to the job market. Research shows that just a 10 percent shift in consumer spending to locally run business would create hundreds of job opportunities and millions in local salaries.

    Locally owned autonomous business enterprises, many of which sell handmade handicrafts return a greater proportion of their earnings to their communities than modern retail chains. What this means is that the people who make a profit from the sale of handicrafts are more likely to spend their money close to their places of work.  In many cases, with handicrafts, clients have the ability to customize their purchases. Since the client usually interacts directly with the artist while making a purchase, it may be possible to modify certain aspects of the final product.

    Among the most significant but least calculable reasons for why handicrafts should be appreciated is the fact that they aren’t mass produced. The way handicrafts are made means that they are far fewer in comparison to factory made items. You can be certain that anything bought from a craftsman or woman will be as unique as you are.

  • Evolution of Indian Handicrafts

    Indian handicrafts represent the dignity, style and beauty of Indian culture. Indian handicrafts are as diverse and rich as Indian history. The crafts from each part of India are unique and have been admired since centuries all over the world and reflect the influence of different Indian empires and eras.

    The evolution of Indian handicrafts is rooted in the lap of Indian history and goes back to 5000 years ago where the tradition of hand made items used to whirl around religious values and they were designed to impress the rulers of the time. In 3000 BC, since Indus-valley civilization, several forms of arts and crafts have originated which can be found in museums today. Since then a significant development took place in crafts like textile, stone, metal, painting, pottery and wood. The art of making hand made items initially began as an expression of inner creativity and evolved for trade and commerce, royalty and common people, in the later course. The tradition of using hand made products flourished and evolved as per the needs of common people. Most of the handicraft and its technique have come from the land of art and craft-Iran. Different dynasties and empires witnessed different handicrafts and patronized the respective art to help it evolve and rise. One of the oldest (more than 4000 years) handicrafts of India that is still being used is Dhokra (a distinct style of metal casting).

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    Domestic and foreign trade also played an important role in the evolution of Indian handicraft industry. Since time immemorial Indian artisans and their innovative ideas have left the people across the globe spell bound and amazed by the distinct and appealing pieces of art. Lets have a quick look over the various periods in history where the beautiful art of making hand made items survived and evolved over their machine made counterparts:

    Development of Indian Handicrafts

    Vedic Era 

    The Indus Valley civilization was followed by the Vedic age. In Rig Veda and in Upanishads, reference to a variety of crafts like pottery, wood and metals is found. Although there is no evidence of hand made item found during the time when Vedas were written.

    Harappan Era

    A rich tradition of craft and a high degree of technical excellence in the field of pottery, sculpture (metal, stone and terracotta) and wood can be seen during the Harappan period. It is the time where the craftsmen designed products according to the needs of local people and supplied them to other countries too via sea route.

    Mauryan Era

    Mauryan age witnessed the beautiful art of sculpturing in the 3rd century B.C. During this period a number of stupas, including the world famous Sanchi Stupa with beautiful stone carving was built. Making of contemporary jewelry was also one art that flourished well during this period. The iron pillars of Vaishali (Bihar) and Delhi created during the reign of Emperor Ashoka are the finest example of metallurgy.

    Post Mauryan Era 

    In the period between 1st century BC and 1st century AD the handicrafts of jewelry, sculpture, textile, leather products and metal working ushered reflecting more of British influence but later on changed as per the Indian craft scenario.

    Gupta Era 

    The Gupta (AD 320-647) age is referred to as the most classical period in the evolution of Indian handicrafts and includes the spectacular rock cut temples of Ellora and Ajanta. The craftsmen during Gupta period excelled in jewelry making, woodcarving, sculpting, stone carving and weaving.

    Medieval India 

    The Medieval period of Indian history in the context of handicrafts showed a marked shift from north India to Deccan and southern parts of the country. A high amount of royal treasure used to be spent in carving the walls of temples, and the sculptors too earned a handsome amount. The finest example of stone carving of medieval times can be seen in Khajuraho temple of Madhya Pradesh. Rich and ornate wood and stone carving can be found in Jagannath temple at Puri in Orissa.

    There are lots of different types of Indian handicrafts conveying their history and story of struggle. For example the beautiful art behind some famous Indian paintings like Madhubani, Thanjavur, Warli and Miniatures has evolved and adapted well with time. These paintings mainly portray Mughal style. Another good example is the appealing wooden handicraft items from our country which faced all highs and lows and evolved gracefully thereafter.

    Today Indian handicraft has an unsurpassable position in the global market, after suffering a lot of struggle. As a result, along with the Indian craft, Indian craftsmen are also in great demand all over the world. The products that are commonly admired by other countries and are exported from India are hand crafted jewelry, hand printed textiles and scarves, embroidered and crocheted garments, bags and purses, Mysore and Banarasi silk ,Kashmiri  shawls, leather belts, toys and an array of household and decorative items.

  • Himachal Pradesh: Preservation Centre of Indian Handicrafts

    Himachal Pradesh is known for its rich culture and beauty. The colorful dresses, the scenic beauty of place, the folk dance, and friendly nature of the people here is worth appreciating and to be talked about. This makes the place apparently beautiful and hence depicts rich cultural heritage. The most interesting thing about this place is that it is known for its Handicrafts since ages because of the versatile artisans here. For the same reason, it is known to be the Preservation Centre of Indian Handicrafts.

    Embroidery

    Embroidery is very much loved by all and is still the one of the topmost priorities of women when they come to buy. The designs of Himachal embroidery give the handicrafts a mesmerizing look. The designs here are mostly based on Kangra and Chamba School of Paintings. Chamba Rural embroidery is known to be the best and is done on both the sides of plain fine cotton.

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    Weaving

    Himachal Pradesh witnesses winters and it has brought the need of wool weaving. A well known weaving here is shown on a shawl with their striking patterns and vibrant rich colors. Kinnaur Shawls, Sarees, Trousers from here depicts that artistic weaving is still better than those done with the machine.

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    Metal Craft

    Metal Craft is a well known handicraft of Himachal. They play with metals in such beautiful way that it comes out to be in the form of best utensils and jewelry. The casts and ornaments made out of copper and silver will keep you enchanted with their artistic beauty.

    Paintings

    Paintings are the best décor of a place and are much needed everywhere. There can be no place that looks good without a painting and Himachal Pradesh has best of them too. They have evolved in the states of Kangra, Kullu, Chamba and many more that portrays rich culture and romantic scenes.

    Carpets

    They are found in various sizes and colors and you can have the best and versatile collection of carpets made in Himachal Pradesh. Here, Goat hair and Sheep’s wool are utilized to give the carpets their best look and hence they are admired by all.

    Stone Craft

    Stones are easily available in the state and hence the artisans have made out their ways to try something mesmerizing with them also. Therefore, pots, milestones, mortar and traditional stoves are easily available here in the best of designs. It recreates the life in such small things that has brought the importance of handicrafts to all.

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    Wood Work

    Woodwork is also much appreciated here and you will see beautifully carved windows, doors, ceilings and panels here that look appealing. It is also shown in utensils like bowls and jars.

    There are many things that are much appreciated about the culture from Himachal Pradesh like the beautiful caps, shawls and many more that keeps the art of handicrafts alive in India. The state has the best of skilled people who make us proud by showing the cultural diversity we have in India.

  • Why should we buy handicrafts?

    Handicrafts are an expression of the heritage, culture and tradition of a country or region. Handicrafts are products that are actually made with hands or by means of hand held small tools. Handicrafts include products made of paper, textile, plant fibres, mud, fruits etc.

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    Handicrafts have their roots in rural crafts. Mostly these crafts have been in practices for centuries in a particular region. The community makes its living through these crafts. The creativity and skilfulness of the artisan is showcased in each product that he makes. There is no mass production, as creating a product with hand takes time. Each handicraft product is different. However, some people seem to steer away from handicrafts as they are more expensive than machine made goods.

    The modernization and mechanization of the economy was a big blow to the handicraft industry. The economic turnaround with low priced products had people clamouring for it. Many began to view handicraft as a backward form of production. Unlike the handicraft industry, machine made goods were similar. A large number of people discontinued their crafts looking for other employment for sustenance. It also led to large-scale urban migration.

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    Most people working in the handicraft sector work in tune with nature. Even today, they work out of their villages and practise environmental sustainability. Many of the handicraft products are artistic representation of images that the artisans see in their surroundings. Each handicraft has a story or an ideology attached to it.

    Today governments and other non-government organizations are recognizing the importance of handicrafts as a means of preserving the cultural and traditional heritage of their country and its regions. They are encouraging the export of handicraft items to spread the awareness of the unique culture of their country. They have initiated training programs, exhibitions, and awards to encourage and promote the handicraft industry. It helps to keep the art and practices intact.

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    Buying handicrafts helps to provide employment to a large number of artisans who know no other skill and are finding it difficult to make a living. It also helps to preserve many arts and skills that would otherwise be buried under the load of modern means of production. It is also a mean of eradicating poverty in many regions.

    Today buying handicrafts also helps in empowering womanhood. Traditionally women in most regions did not work or get into making handicrafts. They were relegated to work in the house when even men folk found it difficult to make a livelihood. This created utter poverty. Today organizations are teaching women groups in villages and remote areas to create handicrafts so that they can make a living and empower themselves.

    Buying handicrafts helps to promote talent and skills of various regions that would otherwise die off for the want of patrons. In spite of handicrafts being slightly expensive, people should be encouraged to buy them as these products represent the hard work and skill of artisans who help to keep the art and culture of the country alive. Promoting handicrafts offshore creates a medium for foreign earning as well.

  • What makes Poompuhar unique

    Poompuhar is a unique handicrafts store because of the efforts it’s taken to expand the business and since it plays a significant role in the Indian handicrafts industry. The major reason why it is a unique organization is because it helps the artisan community to make its living and achieve a better standard of living by means of rewards and recognitions. The artisans here are very hardworking and deal with all products listed in the site or available in the store. It’s because of their dedication that Poompuhar gives them a sense of financial security by giving them the profits they need and by minimizing intermediaries in the trade. Artisans who are excellent in their skill are also given different kind of awards for their contribution to the Indian handicraft industry. These awards are cash vouchers from rupees 5000 to 100000 lakhs and 8 grams of gold.

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    The training imparted to the artisans is totally free and these sessions are imparted based on the nature of their work . Artisans also are taught how to market their products and take part in exhibitions that happen in the country and abroad. The exhibitions have been increasing and the reach has also been increasing now since the customers can  view online ,the kind of products we make  .Our foray into the online space via Facebook, Instagaram , Pinterest, Twitter ,Google + Youtube and our own website has furthered our goal of expanding the markets for our well deserving Indian artisans .With six manufacturing centres and special orders for religious purposes/temple projects like chariots ,vahanas and many more , the progess made in the last few years is commendable. Since Poompuhar has a solid vision to reach out to the world by means of handicrafts, its good work is here to stay.

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    We forgot to mention the 3A’s that Poompuhar has to its credit. Our products are authentic, affordable and attractive. These are carefully handcrafted, designed and marketed for the customer. What sets us apart is the fact that we are the only organization that is a part of TNDC.The organization also encourages new designs from artisans and is the only organization that is a part of TNDC, which is the only company that has its own production centers for manufacturing the crafts by Tamil Nadu. A well –established manufacturing system ensures smooth logistics and inventory system – a reason for our steady progress.

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