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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.

  • Best Indian Art and Craft Items That Will Make A Great Wedding Gift

    In most regions of the world, a wedding is a ceremony celebrated with lots of style and cheer. All guests are treated with utmost respect, and all parties involved usually strive to make the occasion a success. An age-old wedding tradition, 'Gift giving' is a crucial part of the ceremony. In most cases, gifts are given only to the newly wedded couples. But in some traditions, they are also exchanged between the hosts and guests as an expression of gratitude and joy. Choosing the right wedding gift for a close relative or friend can be quite a challenge. Here are some of the best Indian art and craft items that will make a good wedding gift for your loved ones.

    Jewellery

    Women and jewellery are nearly inseparable. In India, the brides are gifted valuable ornaments by relatives, parents and even friends. In India, it is believed that gifting a high-value item will help newlyweds to add few assets to help start their life together and hence gold jewellery is very common. Jewellery also serves the very important purpose i.e. making the bride look pretty.

    All cities in India have skilled jewellers offering both traditional and modern jewellery. Indian jewellers make their ornaments out of semi-precious stones such as garnets, emeralds, turquoises and rubies or precious metals such as silver and gold. Gold jewellery is arguably the most popular in India and is considered a status symbol.

    Sari

    Handmade from silk or cotton fabric, the sari is one of the oldest unstitched garments that are still in use to this day in India. Over the course of time, the sari has grown from being a regular wardrobe item of the Indian woman to a fashionable attire popular across the world. Handmade series are beautiful, elegant, and unique and would make a great wedding gift for the bride. Sari fabrics are decorated mostly using traditional methods such as raw thread embroidery, Zari, Naqshi and Dabka. Silk is preferred over cotton as it adds an exquisite sheen to the fabric making it look exotic and expensive.

    Home décor items

    At times it is the things that seem small and insignificant that turn a house into a home. A gift of one or more home furnishings such as paintings, lampshades, Kalasam and murals could make a really good impression. Decorative oil lamps, also known as diyas, made from copper, gold or silver will surely impress the couple who will receive them as a gift. Handmade carpets and rugs could also be considered.

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  • 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.

  • Beautiful Thanjavur Paintings

    The history of the Thanjavur paintings was first inaugurated in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The Beautiful paintings have a Classical South Indian style that has spread across Tamil Nadu and is known all around the globe. The paintings depict rich heritage, culture and art of the state and comprises mainly of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Tamil Nadu is known for the rich history in art and culture and so are these paintings. The traditional artists were so good at their work that they have made the culture, an art. They used natural colors like mineral dyes that made it more artistic. The paintings are often made on wood and the canvas made of cloth. Apart from that, they are also made on walls, glass, paper, mica, wooden panel and many more.

    Thanjavur Painting

    These paintings have vibrant distinct colors that make them look divine and beautiful. You can rather see many styles in the paintings like Deccan, Vijayanagar and even European. They talk about saints, stories, cultures, deities and many more and hence they are interactive. You feel connected to these painting because of the story they depict and the culture and true essence of History and art is also depicted.

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    They are used in the houses, offices, exhibitions and museums to display the divinity and elegance of art. Sometimes, the paintings also have three dimensional effects. They come in various sizes, may it be to cover an entire wall, or just a small miniature of painting. However, the antiqueness and the picturesque of these paintings are fund nowhere else and the traditional methods of the paintings are really the most influential and classic ones. They are often embellished with the small stones or simple drawings that add to their beauty and make them look more attractive.

    Thanjavur Painting Jula Radhakrishna

    Art speaks more than the spoken words and depicts what words cannot. Framing the best words may not be possible, but art is the best language in itself and Poompuhar Thanjavur paintings have their own uniqueness and words that brings history and culture back to life.

    Thanjavur Painting Aalilai Krishna

    Buy these Poompuhar Thanjuvar paintings for your houses, guest rooms, drawing rooms, offices and exhibitions to restore art and make your place look more decorative and elegant. After all, culture and traditions are not to be forgotten. Rather they bring peace and positivity in the environment. The culture we had, the lord we worship, the dynasties, the miniatures, all are available to add décor to the place.

    Make your place look more artistic and antique with these beautiful paintings and enjoy the true essence of divinity and vibrant colors. They are the best things to purchase for all the art lovers. These paintings have become the souvenirs for festivity in South India. These spectacular paintings are an inspiration that draws back from 1600 AD from Vijayanagar dynasty. They are not just appreciated by Indians, but have also found a place abroad in the galleries and museums. They are also adorned by the pieces of glasses and stones that again make them look irresistible.

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