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  • Why Poompuhar is an ideal place when it comes to buying antiques?

    Tamil Nadu Poompuhar is a part of the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd and it aims to uplift and showcase the talents of Indian craftsmen.

    What do Poompuhar offer?

    Their collections include a lot of designs and statues made from a variety of materials like Bronze, Brass, Copper, White Metal, Black Metal, Wood Carvings, Stone Carvings, Cloth, Leather, Jute and Clay.

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    They also offer paintings, Icons, Kondapalli toys, Meenakari, Kalamkari Purse, Garlands, Thanjavur Art Plate as well.

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    But apart from commonly known materials they also have products using coconut shells, papier mache, oxidized metal and more.

    How can you get these?

    You have to sign up to their website and from then on you will be able to view and choose your choice of gifts from our various products in stock.

    After selecting any product you will simply have to fill in the personal details and make the necessary payments for shipment to be made at your desired location.

    Why should you choose this site?

    • Great selection: They offer curated and hard-to-find products made from the finest materials by the local craftsmen. From this great range, you can search through till you find what you need as they offer something for every preference.
    • Price: The price range from the INR 120 to the highest in lakhs for the life size sculptures and you can choose the one which you think fits best in your budget.
    • More options: As stated above, they offer a wide range of materials to choose from. You can simply click on the type of product and in just a moment you will have a good many options to choose from.
    • Newsletter: You can sign up for their newsletter to keep yourself notified on new arrivals.
    • Easy payment procedure: There are three simple steps for procuring the item you want- Select, Pay and Ship. There is no hassle or hidden taxes. As an added benefit you can pay from the acceptable currencies listed and not just with Indian currency.
    • Search bar: Not only will you get pictures and descriptions, complete with the price tag of new arrivals once you log in to your account but also there will be the option of searching on your own for items that you specifically want. This can be done through the Search Bar positioned at the top of the website.
    • Privacy: All your private information will be kept safe and secure due to the technology used in our website.
    • Questions: Poompuhar believes in customer service and to make the process easier for you, by offering an Inquiry section. Here you will be able to ask any question regarding the product and other issues like shipment and payment. There is also a Feedback section where they would like to hear your reviews as well as complaints so that they can grow better.

    While many websites just talk of delivering quality, Poompuhar actually does so through the materials in their stock. Their aim is not just to promote the Indian art but also to provide customer satisfaction.

  • The Best Collection Of Brass Lamps Is Here

    There are a lot of different materials which are offered here, but Brass holds a popularity which others seldom enjoy. Whether it is because of a traditional attachment, as it was used for auspicious occasions or perhaps because of its golden shine, but the material remains one of the favourites.

    What products of Brass are available?

    The present collection ranges from simple products like Polished Brass Bowls to sophisticated designs of Brass Nataraj Statues Antique Finished, Polished Brass Peacocks, Polished Brass Uruli Light Weight as well as Weighted, Polished Brass Planters as well as Brass Coloured bowls. This isn't the limit as many more designs are also available in the collection.

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    What kinds of Brass Lamps are available?

    We offer the following collection of brass lamps:

    • Hanging Lamps: There are various kinds and designs of hanging lamps available in the collection. These range from Annan, Thonda to Gajalakshmi and Sangchakra hanging lamps. There is ofcourse a greater collection for this as well.
    • Lamps: These lamps are multi-tiered and so you will have the advantage of lighting multiple diyas on it. Some of the designs offered are called Double Thangali Annam Plain Lamp, Panjatchara Lamp with 5 tiers, 12 inch Brass Annam Table Lamp with gold Polish, Ornamental Annan Lamp, Plain Prabai Lamp, Plain Annam Lamp, Table Prabai Lamp, Malabar Lamps, Parrot Hanging Lamp and many more can be found on this site.
    • Traditional puja lamps: One tier puja lamps are a common demand during pujas and keeping those sacred traditions in mind the site has curated Agals, Parrot Agals, Paladais, smalls deepums, 5×2 Brass Puja Lamp, Malabar Lamps, Navagraha lamps, Balaji Deepum and many more.
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    How can I get these?

    There is a simple method of buying these up- you just have to sign up and create an account in the website. Then you can shop to your heart's content and put your selections in a virtual shopping bag. At the time of check out, the total amount will be shown which you will just have to pay. You will have the option of paying through not just Indian currency but other currencies as well, as those listed on the site are accepted as well.

    Apart from brass lamps what do you have?

    Apart from brass lamps there are various statues and designs made up of copper, bronze, metals, textiles, pithwork, clay, jute, wood carvings, stone carvings and much more.

    Are there any offbeat products?

    There are many offbeat products which are housed, such as Kondapalli Toys, Thanjavur Art Plates, Meenakari and Kalamkari Purse as well.

    Coconut shells and papier mache are also used as materials to make products so as to give an innovative touch to them.

    Traditionally brass lamps have been used for auspicious occasions all over the state and country as a whole, so seeing a renewed interest in the product is not just invigorating for the state of the craft but also for the people whose livelihood depends on their skills.

  • Explore The Best Of The Rest Products At Never Before Prices

    From the bronze figurines of the Chola dynasty to the rock carving sculptures of the Pallavas, the South Indian art and craft has its distinct aura since centuries. Indian lifestyle, religious outlook, emotions and cultural expression are vividly reflected through the paintings, statuettes, wall hangings and other home décor items available at Poompuhar. From stone to metal, clay to textile –all the products come at affordable cost and are rich in Indianness.

    Bronze Figurines

    With the sublime stillness, the Bronze figurines from Chola era are the epitome of the omnipotent energy. The miniature replicas of the sculptures from tenth to twelfth century bear no signature and come with three variants. There are both glossy polished statues as well as the antique polished ones which bear the vintage touch.

    Ganesha, Meenachi, Lakshmi and Buddha statues are avilabale in various sizes and postures along with the cow and horse figurines. The price starts from INR 2545 for a 3 x 2 inch size and the maximum size is ten feet.

    Oxidized Natraja

    From ages, Indian dance forms have taken inspiration from the cosmic dance of Shiva, also called Natraja. Indian art has a distinct place for lord Shiva and in order to invoke that reverence, Poompuhar has brought the colossal black colored Natraja in two size variants -8 x 10 x 3 inch and 5 x 4 x 3 inch. The price starts from an affordable cost of INR 840.

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    Stone Carving

    From the supple and sensuous female figurine to the vigorous and virility of the male figures, the magnificent rock-cut sculptures were the cultural identity of the Pallava era. These sculptures depict every human emotion, be it joy, coyness, aggression, tenderness and even authority. You will find the virtuous Perumal sculpture carved from granite, the Soapstoneand Redstone Ganesha, the meditating Buddha and so on. The sizes vary from fifteen feet to three inch and various others in between. Prices start from INR 120 for 3 x 2 x 2 inch lingam made of soft stone.

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    Brass Lamps

    As an indispensable part of daily worship ritual, the Brass Lamps are the most popular items created by the private craftsmen. From Agal to Villaku, deepam to hanging lamps –there are various sizes available. The price starts from INR 200 for the Agal.

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    Woodworks

    From flower vase to tray, lamps to wooden hangings, bowls to wooden dolls and of course the sandal wood carving, the intricacy is reflected from every item. Buddha, Krishna, Lakshmi, Balaji, Ganesha and various other decorative are hand-cut and carved. The price for a small sandalwood keychain is INR 250 while a 48 x 15 inch Gopuram cost INR 7425.

    Paintings and Textiles

    The ornate gold work of the Thanjavur paintings to the rich patterned glass painting and Batik, the vegetable painted Kondapalli toys to stunning Meenakari stools, Poompuhar has something for everyone. The miniature oil paintings, handcrafted textile bags, purses and wall hangings are also notable for their traditional essence.

    Deriving its name from the historic coastal hamlet of Puhar, Poompuhar’s vast range of products is manufactured in its 6 production units and bear the traditional aestheticism of Indian culture. Get your choice of products at an affordable cost and give your home a new look.

  • Poompuhar - Reinventing artisanship to perfection

    Art is the perfect way of depicting the exchange of emotions within and across the frontiers of a nation. Our rich history has been promulgating the importance of ancient Indian handicrafts since ages. The essence of handicrafts is engineered by the artisans who create it with their innovation. It is this rich Indian heritage which connects India with the western world. Today, there are numerous such platforms which provide the desired opportunity to the local artisans. India is a hub for such platforms promoting the rural Indian handicrafts.

    A platform to connect the local rural artisans with the global population is today known by the name Poompuhar. Poompuhar represents the sophistication of Indian culture, customs and traditions through the handicraft products. Empowering the local rural artisans to exhibit their talent before the world was the aim behind the launch of Poompuhar platform. Realising the importance of bringing rural women ahead and engaging them in creating masterpieces is the motto behind Poompuhars Empowering women initiative.

    Poompuhar is a government of Tamil Nadu undertaking to exhibit Indian artefacts, cultures and tradition. The Poompuhar team believes in empowering rural India to facilitate the local artisans to earn a decent living. Art is the necessity of life, and so Poompuhar decided to move ahead with this section to exhibit the talent possessed by Indian artisans. Providing a right platform to these rural artisans was need of the hour.

    Poompuhar redefines the beauty of the creative genius of the local artisans. Timely, the training sessions are organised by Poompuhar team to train the rural artisans. The training sessions are meant to nourish the creativity possessed by the artisans. Each artisan is nurtured with the right skills to highlight their talent and earn a respectable living to support his family. The pieces of training are arranged to introduce the handicraft creation technique for the rural Indians and bring out the best in them. It is meant to boost the inner strength of such artisans to make them realise their worth towards the society. Poompuhar team ensures that each of their artisans is trained with personal attention.

    Also, to earn a living, Poompuhar thrives in hard to build a sense of trust in these rural artisans, so they shine at their best. Today, after years of massive efforts investment, Poompuhar has come ahead with the exhibits of applique work, garland, bronze, brass, brass lamps, wood and stone carvings. Besides, the handicraft product catalogue of Poompuhar exhibits the creative brilliance of Thanjavur paintings, coconut shells, papier machie, kondapalli toys, and other wood, jute and clay creativity.

    Now, Poompuhar is indulged in formulating and implementing the rural artisan welfare schemes. The efforts of Poompuhar receives the timely financial assistance from the State Governments. Central Government too appreciates the efforts of Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu government undertaking and assists it financially to uplift the local creativity of Tamil Nadu.

    Moreover, Poompuhar directly connects the local artisans with the global buyers. The annual award competition is the unique felicitation of these local artisans by the Poompuhar team. The annual award competition involves felicitating the local talent with certificates, gold medals and cash prizes for their outstanding contribution.

  • Kondapalli Toys - Finding joy in simplicity

    Kondapalli is a village, much like others in Andhra Pradesh but has a place in the world map. The world knows it by the toys it makes – the famed Kondapalli toys. Widely recognised for their bright colours and distinct features, these toys have the distinction of being handcrafted using an age old process for over 5 centuries now.

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    The toys are made out of a special type of wood called Poniki that is light and can be easily crafted into shapes. Traditionally, poniki wood is used, also because these trees were the ones that were easily available near the village. The village of Kondapalli has families that have been involved in crafting the toys for generations now. It is believed by this community that their ancestors, many centuries removed, migrated from Rajasthan to Andhra Pradesh. Similarities in wood carved dolls from these regions are often related to this aspect of migration. The process of crafting these toys is quite an elaborate one. Wood from the trees is cut into size and dried for weeks to make it light, after which these pieces are heated before whittling the body of the toy. The main body is sculpted and then the rest of the body parts are attached using a natural gum made of tamarind paste and resin. The doll is then painted using natural vegetable colours. It is fascinating to see that artisans have retained the age old ways of crafting these toys over centuries.

     Over the centuries, the Kondapalli artisans have been crafting dolls that represent humanity in all forms– cobblers, fruit sellers; divinity in the form of Gods from mythological tales, animals and more. A scene from rural life as shown in this set is a typical Kondapalli tradition – musicians playing outside a house where festive cooking is happening, as the cow looks on. Dolls such as these were first used as toys by children, as they were safe to play with – well made, non-toxic paints and also light weight. Most importantly they also played the part of educating children on different festivals, mythological stories and the roles people play in life.

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    The supply demand cycle of these toys was kept steady by constant damages in the course of children playing. As time went by, economic progress and technology brought more variety of toys and activities to children. Kondapalli toys have now become part of the annual Navarati doll festival. Though this tradition keeps the delightful toys of Kondapalli alive, it is time children re-discovered the joys of playing with these simple toys. Bring home some tradition; gift your children this set of a herbal medicine man and tell them the stories that your grandmother told you. You will find them coming back for more! And at Kondapalli, a family of artisans will be thanking you.

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