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  • 10 Popular Indian Handicrafts That Make the Best Souvenirs

    India is a captivating confluence of geography, culture, and tradition that captures every tourist's imagination. But, as all tourists know, every journey comes to an end eventually. Here is a list of ten popular Indian handicrafts you could acquire as souvenirs from your visit to this unique and beautiful country –

    1) Polished Metal Mirror

    Hundreds of years ago, native craftsmen invented the polished metal mirror. Known locally as the tarantula candid, this ornament is made by the bronze-smiths of India and can be found easily in this region of the world.

    2) Coir ornaments

    Simple yet elegant, the well-knitted coir ornaments made in Kerala will add a touch of style and sophistication to any living room or office. The decorative pieces are crafted by the women of the coir village. Other products made from this material include hammocks, wall hangings and blinds.

    3) Puppets

    Puppetry is an Indian tradition that has been kept alive for countless generations. The art of puppetry in this country has been maintained in the Nat community of Rajasthan. Their unique puppets are made of softwood which is carved and decorated with fabrics made within the state.

    4) Woodcarvings

    These items are a little expensive buthave theincomparable quality of design and shapewhich is hard to find anywhere else. Sandalwood sculptures can be found in states such as Kerala, and usually, depict common figures from Hinduism such as the God and Goddess.

    5) Paintings

    The tradition of painting in India is rooted in ancient practices such as Kalamezhuthu and the murals and frescoes of colonial-era churches. Poompuhar store also displays various famous forms of painting such as Thanjavur Paintings, Jute Painting etc.

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    6) Chanderi Saree

    The Chanderi saree is one of the best examples of handloom weaving in India. The lustre and transparency of the materials used to create this attire make it exceptionally better than other handmade fabrics in India.

    7) Ornamental Bangles

    These are rigid bracelets, made from gold, silver, glass or plastic. Bangles are of great significance for the married women in India as it is considered inappropriate for a married woman to be bare armed in public. They make great souvenirs as they are small, durable and affordable.

    8) Traditional Papier Mache

    The art of paper Mache is widely practised in India. The artisans of Kashmir are particularly known for the exceptional quality of the vases and models made using this method. Papier Mache pieces usually have bright coloured finishing and highly elaborate design.

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    9) Handmade fibre products

    Indian artisans are highly skilled craftsmen known for the quality and durability of their handmade fibre products. Artisans obtain fibre from locally available plant residues such as pineapple leaves and banana stems. It is then treated and used to create purses, laptop bags and wall hangings.

    10) Silver craft

    Silverware is a speciality of the artisans of Kachchh. They use light embossing enhanced by scrapping and etching to produce elegant functional pieces of art such as cigarette boxes and ittar-danis (perfume bottles).

    So next time, while travelling to India, do not forget to collect your souvenir to remember the trip!! Poompuhar also offers all valid documents to ensure that the overseas customers go through a hassle-free customs process at the airport.

  • The Crafts of Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu is a land famous for its fine art and handiwork. It is rich in culture and traditions and makes it one of the tourist destinations. The artisans in Tamil Nadu express their creativity through the amazing handicrafts which adorn the homes of many, not only in India but all over the world.

    These are some of the many handicrafts made in Tamil Nadu:

    • Paintings in Tanjore

    Tamil Nadu is renowned for the famous paintings in the Tanjore Temple. These paintings portray the great skills and creative abilities of the artisans of this place.

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    Most paintings are found in Temples to portray the gods and goddesses of the local people. These paintings are considered religious. One famous painting is Child Krishna’s painting.

    • Craft of Musical Instruments

    Dances and festivals are an important part of the traditional culture of the local people. Making of musical instruments is a major craft practiced in Tamil Nadu.

    The craftsmen make several music instruments like the veena, flute, thamburas and vangiyam. The craftsmen use bamboo, bronze, jack wood, and sandalwood to make the musical instruments.

    • Metal Craft

    The metal-ware of Tamil is renowned worldwide. The products are made of copper and brass. The artisans make some of the best bronze castings of icons

    • Stone Carvings

    Another commendable piece of art in the Tamil society is the stone sculptures. The craftsmen curve very impressive real-like stone carvings, garden lights, and nameplates. Mahabalipuram is famous for this craft.

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    The stone carvings in the temples speak highly of the skills of these craftsmen.

    • Pottery and Papier Mache

    Pottery making is practiced by many people of Tamil in making figures of deities. The craftsmen also make water jugs, tea and dinner sets. They use a variety of clay; Red, black and grey clay.

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    Paper Mache is another spectacular art of the Tamil Nadu people. The waste paper pulp is normally hand beaten and mixed with clay. It is then molded into dolls, idols of gods and goddesses and masks.

    Tamil craftsmen engage in different types of handicrafts. In addition to creating a livelihood for the craftsmen, the intricate pieces of art add style and decorate homes, temples and even workplaces.

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