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  • Surprise your beloved with traditional pith work Tajmahal

    For over decades, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal has been depicted as the epitome of love to the earnest lovers. This epitome of love was build with white marbles by the River Yamuna as an ode to Mumtaz the deceased wife of the emperor Shah Jahan. Built and supervised by the emperor’s best architect named Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, this masterpiece boasts of intricate craftsmanship for which people from all over the world gather here to celebrate the spirit of love.

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    For a lover and his beloved, the Taj Mahal is a vivid example of expression of love and hence, gifting a miniature model of Taj Mahal built of wood, fiber or stone is quite popular. The Tamil Nadu Poompuhar is one of the leading craft industries, which specializes in Taj Mahal models in Pith work.

    Take a souvenir after visiting the Taj Mahal

    After being a witness to this architectural marvel, the definition of love is changed to the lovers out there. While Shah Jahan had the lavish treasure to spend around 32 million at that era to build the Taj Mahal, you can take a souvenir of this wonder to gift your beloved. No matter if you could not experience the magic of Taj with your lover; you can still give him the essence of Taj through the pith work Taj Mahal, which is crafted to perfection.

    The Pith work Taj Mahal –Why It Is Special

    The intricate detailing of the Taj Mahal is beautifully depicted through the carving on Pith. Now, what is Pith? Pith is collected from the Netti Plant, an aquatic reed growing in marshlands, tanks, inlakes etc. The soft and spongy parenchyma cells of the roots and stems of the reeds are dried and made solid before incorporating it to make this masterpiece, which looks nothing less than the actual Taj Mahal, only smaller!

    The model is encased in glass frame on a thick base. The whole package is not so huge, neither too small. Moreover, handling is convenient as it weighs only 0.30 kilograms. The full dimension in inches is designed as 4 x 6 x 6. With an affordable cost of just INR 375, anyone can buy it for their beloved to reciprocate their feelings.

    Your Interior Will Get a New Dimension

    With the traditional artwork of the experienced artists from the Puhar or Poompuhar village in Tamil Nadu, this handicraft industry has spread these miniature epitomes of love to various corners of India. So whenever you visit any Poompuhar store, make sure to check this pith work Taj Mahal. This is quite unique as most miniatures are made of either stone or hard plastic or clay. Pith is light, yet with its light yellowish tint, it looks sober. Keeping it on the center table or on a wall rack or on a shelf will make your home interior look different and attractive.

    Undertaken by the Tamil Nadu government, Poompuhar seeks to promote the traditional artworks of the artists who visited different corners of India to provide you the perfectly crafted decors to gift your loved ones.

  • Pith work: Carving monuments out of wood

    Among the various Indian arts is Pith Work, which has been in India for a long time. Indian artisans are skilled at making miniatures of anything you ask for. The stalks of an herbaceous plant are dried in sun until they loses all their water content.  The uppermost layer is then skinned and all of them are cut into cylindrical blocks. Pith work is then carved out from these cylindrical wedges.

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    It was initially done by either keeping it plain or by colouring the miniature ivory, but in today’s time, many craftsmen make colourful sculptures out of pith. The final finished product comes in various sizes and the prices also range from a mere fifty to a few thousand rupees. The southern states of India are known for Pith work in the entire world. Visitors from far-off places appreciate this form of art. Many of them also take them home as a souvenir from the Indian soil.

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    The artisans are an expert in carving Taj Mahal, Rajagopurams, and other monuments; each piece in absolute resemblance with the original. The work requires a lot of finesse and dedication. The miniatures are made in parts. Each part is carved intricately with a very sharp knife and then stuck to the main body generally with a naturally made gum. This process can take up to days for making a single specimen which is later on placed into a glass case and sealed from all the sides.

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