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  • Eyeing for the Classics seen never before - Count on Poompuhar

    An artistic interior decoration attains a new depth with the integration of antiques or classics that depict the traditional art and craft dating back to thousands of years. Metal work, carvings, paintings, weaving, meenakari –there are numerous artwork originated from the southern part of India, especially Tamil Nadu. From home décor items to textile –the south Indian craftsmanship is reflected on every item featured in the Poompuhar stores. Poompuhar is a handicraft industry that strives to promote the classic artworks and whatever your choice is, there is always something for everyone.

    Metal Statuettes And Art Pieces

    Give your religious fervor an artistic taste with the bronze figurines of Lakshmi, Ganesh, Natraja, Hanuman, Krishna, Meenachi and so on. The bronze animals like Cow, Horse and Elephants also bear the same intricacy as the figurines of deities. You can choose from 3D printed, polished and antique printed. Among the brass items, plates, bowls and lamps are definitely worth buying for your worship corner.

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    White Metal statues and the black metal wall hangings and flower vases are polished thoroughly and come at various sizes according to your preference. Copper utensils like glass, kalash, jugs, mugs, plate and bowls are great antique gifts for any traditional occasion while they can also utilized for religious ceremony or domestic use.

    If colossal black antiques allure you, then make sure to check out the oxidized figurines of Natraja, Parvathy and Kalinga Krishna which have a gentle luster and look best if kept against a light colored backdrop.

    Stone Carvings –The Signature Craftsmanship

    Tamil Nadu has always been a significant name for its stone carvings on the temples, palaces and landmarks, and Poompuhar has been a widely known name for taking that craftsmanship to a whole new level. You would be definitely mesmerized by the enormous stone carved sculptures offered by Poompuhar, which look nothing less than the sculptures seen on historic landmarks. The statues are made from Granite, Red Stone and Soap Stone.

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    Timeless Magnificence Of Meenakari, Kalamkari and Papier Machie

    The vibrant Meenakari work on stools, trays, wall hangings and key stands are magnificent for their effortless detailing while the Papier Machie statues of deities and revered personalities look unique with rich use of colors. The hand woven and painted Kalamkari purses, bags and handbags will give you a classic and traditional look. Not to forget the handcrafted vibrant wall hangings, bags of different sizes and ties.

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    Other Classics From Poompuhar

    When it comes to classics, Poompuhar has a never-ending array of items featured at its branches set up throughout India. The Kondapalli artwork of Andhra Pradesh on the Tella Poniki is reflected beautifully through the toys made by Kondapalli villagers. The enamel colors and vegetable dyes give them a classic and lively touch. You can also add a vibrant touch to your home with the Kalamari and Applique Thombai.

    The traditional classic decors of India feature everything from painting to stone carving, metal work to hand-woven textiles and Poompuhar has picked up something from every artwork to present you the raw essence of Indian craftsmanship.

  • Buy traditional gifts for your loved ones only at Poompuhar

    Festive season or rather any occasion demands that gifts be distributed to our loved ones. But there are times when traditional gifts are what suit the occasion and also the preference of the person. For this and more, Poompuhar offers curate and specially selected traditional designs.

    What gifts are there?

    There are long lists of products which range from statues to toys and so on:

    • Statues of gods like Krishna, Saraswati, Parvati, Shivalingam and more are available crafted in brass, oxidized or made from a variety of materials.
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    • For toys they have traditional Kondapalli toys as well as Narkuravas and their distinct offering is the Poompuhar stationeries.
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    • They offer Jute files made up of red, blue or specially designed green colours which will be cheap but are fully handcrafted.
    • There are Taj Mahals, Chariots, Bullock Carts, Rani Palki, Kerala Boat, Tanjor Temple, Perusal Temple and more miniature Pithwork items.
    • Poompuhar also has granite, red and soft stone elephant carvings, Round Candle Elephant Stand, Nandi, Shivalingam and more.
    • Handcrafted textiles handbag, mini handbags, ties etc in various colors are also stocked here.
    • They have copper plates, glass, kalash, tumblers and other utensils.
    • Wood carved wall hangings of Flower Pots, Ganesh, Peacocks, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Lakshman are available.

    What materials are used for making these?

    Poompuhar has a wide variety and range of materials in their stocks. This includes Copper, Brass, Bronze, Handcrafted Textiles, Jute, Clay, Black Metal, White Metal, Wood, Stone, Clay, Pith and more.

    Apart from this they also stock up in some not-so-known materials like Kalamkari, Thanjavur Art, Meenakari, Papier Mache, Coconut Shells and more.

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    How can you get these?

    You will have to sign up to their official website and create an account or you can also visit any of their branches set up all over India. You will be able to browse through their website, select products and collect them in your virtual shopping bag.

    How to pay?

    Once you have selected the products you want, you will be displayed the total amount. Then you can pay online through your debit or credit cards. They also don't restrict payments to just Indian Currency. You will be able to pay through the currency of your wish (if it is listed with Poompuhar). After the payment, the product will be delivered to your chosen address.

    Traditional arts and crafts are getting depleted with the current world system. But Poompuhar aims to preserve and showcase its specialty to the world. They select only the best, which accurately represents Indian Craft as well as shows the dedication and skills of the workers. So if you want to buy traditional crafts, this is the best site to search for.

  • The art of hand painting - Kalamkari

    The art of hand painting on cotton or silk fabrics which is famous as Kalamkari – is one of India’s artistic treasures, going back to the ancient Persian Empire and literally meaning “craftsmanship with pen”. It uses a tamarind pen and through the process of bleaching, painting, printing, sun drying and cleaning it creates the most beautiful and, sometimes, unusual patterns.

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    Involving a lot of hard work and difficult procedures, Kalamkari often depicts flowers, animals like the peacock or Hindu characters, allowing artists a unique process of storytelling that began ages ago, 3000 BC. It was during the Mughal Empire that this type of craftsmanship got its recognition and it was further spread around the World by the British in the 18th century.

    Involving 23 steps from the beginning until the finished product, the colours were chosen to paint the fabrics are usually earth-toned, with indigo, black, green or mustard as favourites. The dyes used to paint are also all natural, with no chemicals and obtained through the manipulation of such things as iron, pomegranate or bark.

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    Kalamkari exists in India in two different styles, Srikalahasti and Machilipatnam. The first one takes its inspiration from the Hindu mythology by describing religious stories. The second one has a more abstract design showing blocks with detailed handwork throughout. Recently two new styles appeared due to the preferences of the population in the two main Indian states using this art. The Andhra style has forts, palaces and temples in its designs and the Gujarat Kalamkari presents pictures of the Hindu or Buddhist gods, such as Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesha or Lord Buddha.

    In the past, due to the tedious and long method of producing a Kalamkari, this hand paint relic had become almost obsolete with people wanting access to cheaper products. Nevertheless, its primary use nowadays is, as in the old days, the sarees. Today, people can shop for a range of different kalamkari printed dresses like Kurtis, sarees or dupattas in beautiful patterns and colours. Kalamkari has proved to be a safe craft as it does not use harmful chemicals and rely on organic colours to create multi-coloured fabrics.

  • 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.

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