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  • Creativity and Artisanship are coming together to make homes eco-friendly.

    With the aim of empowering the rural strata of Indian artisans, the government of Tamil Nadu came ahead with a unique platform named Poompuhar. Realising the rising craze of handicrafts in the western world, the Poompuhar team imbibed the core ideas of handicraft training to the rural strata of Indian society. A struggle of about decades has brought Pompuhar to a position where it stands today. Poompuhar is the perfect example of the saying “Effort never dies”.

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    Empowering rural artisans was the motive which brought to life the lost creativity in this section of society. Firstly, Poompuhar emphasised on educating the locals of Tamil Nadu about the handicraft articles. Slowly the team introduced the locals in the process of creating beautiful handicrafts. The training sessions were conducted under the guidance of trained professionals to promulgate the rising importance of handicraft production and export as a source of living for the rural dependents.

    Slowly the rural inhabitants of Tamil Nadu started attending these sessions in huge numbers and gained a thorough understanding of the entire process. The constant and dedicated efforts of the Poompuhar team began owing sweet fruits. Slowly and steadily handicraft production became the identity of locals of Tamil Nadu.

    Now with the handicrafts produced by these rural artisans needed a guiding platform to exhibit their creativity. Poompuhar came ahead with a unified solution to connect the artisans with the nation. It also bridged the gap between the local creativity of Tamil Nadu and the western world. Fair trade practice was the prime objective behind the evolution of the online platform of Poompuhar. Today, it exhibits the rich handicrafts crafted by the poor hands. Moreover, one can say, Poompuhar presents the eco-friendly products by nurturing the creativity of these local artisans.

    The handmade products or the handicrafts are carved out by human hands. It reduces the consumption of energy involved in the manufacturing of the industrial product. Also, the raw materials included in the production of these handicrafts are majorly planted materials which are sustainably harvested. Pine needles, stone carvings, metals, wood carvings are some of the raw materials employed in the handicraft production.

    Handicraft products use is gaining popularity owing to their recyclable materials. As the name suggests, handicrafts are mostly carved out of used materials to raise their allure and worth.

    Introducing the eco-friendly gift ideas which bring the creativity and artisanship together

    Some of the eco-friendly gift ideas are inclusive of the following:

    • Applique Thombai
    • Kalamkari Thombai
    • SandalWood, Yelaka, and Tanjore Garland
    • Antique Finished, polished or 3D printed bronze structures
    • Bowl, Nataraja, Peacock Beed Stone, Uruli and other carved out of Brass
    • Lamp, Hanging Lamp, Deepam carved out of Brass
    • Wooden, Motif Stand
    • Thanjavur Art Plate
    • Wall Hangings, Flower Vases, god and goddesses idols carved out of white metal, black metal, copper
    • Side corners, peacocks, horse, wall hangings, gods and goddesses idols carved out of wood or stone carvings.
    • Wall Hangings, Dolls, Bowls, Antique Carvings, created from Sandalwood or other wood types
    • Thanjavur Paintings of Krishna, Lakshmi, Ganesh and other gods and goddesses.
  • Sandalwood

    Sandalwood is basically a class of wood which is indigenous to South India. It is characteristically defined by its woody and sweet smell, and has been used by the Pharma industry and other religious and spiritual institutions for various ceremonious purposes throughout history. Natural growth of sandalwood trees can mainly be found in the states of Karnataka , Andhra Pradesh , Kerala etc. with Mysore in Karnataka having one of the largest plant in the world for procuring oil and other byproducts of sandalwood.

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    Even though sandalwood plantation and sale of its byproducts had earlier been banned to individuals, in the early 2000s with the new policy changes, sandalwood plantation and cultivation was legalized with the exception to the rule being that the produce could be sold solely to the Government.

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    In fairly popular mythology, the king of the realm of Suparaka was saved because of the healing qualities of sandalwood. Now we understand the mistrust in mythological facts, but it has been scientifically evaluated and various healing qualities of sandalwood have been uncovered. While we’re not saying that it is a miracle product, but let us assure you that there are many health benefits of the essential oil and byproducts of sandalwood.

    The essential oil produced by sandalwood is composed of 2 molecules known as the alpha and beta santalol. These are the molecules responsible for producing the strong fragrance which has been associated with sandalwood. Alpha santalol helps improve mental clarity , and is thus one of the main components used during meditation , prayer and other spiritual rituals.

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    With it being one of the main components of so many therapeutic procedures , we can help you be certain that sandalwood, when massaged on the body or just simply smelled, creates a feeling of relaxation and mental peace. Lavender also has similar qualities. However, unlike lavender , sandalwood does not come with the drowsiness involved.

    Sandalwood over the years has been used as a natural aphrodisiac which helps to improve the libido of men. India is the land which gave the world the Kamasutra and needless to say, sandalwood has played a part in the libido of our ancestors.

    Sandalwood is also known for its anti-viral properties and is known to prevent replication of various common viruses , an example being the herpes simplex. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent for skin irritation caused by superficial wounds, pimples, boils and warts etc.

    Whether you are in pursuit of mental peace , relaxation , health benefits or just decorative items made from sandalwood, head on over to tnpoompuhar.org and see what all we have available.

  • ARTEFACTS OF SANDALWOOD

    Sandalwood is known to mankind for more than 4000 years. In India, sandalwood has its significance due to its religious association with Hinduism and Buddhism.

    Sandalwood is derived from Sandal tree, which is mainly found in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala in India. They are also found in the islands of Indonesia, Australia, Sri Lanka etc.

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    The sandalwood tree is considered as auspicious. The paste of sandalwood is used in rituals and ceremonies by Hindus, Jainese, Buddhists, Zoroastrians and even Muslims. Apart from its use in religious or ritual ceremonies, it is used extensively for various other purposes.

    Sandalwood is an aromatic wood, which can retain its fragrance for decades. It is expensive in comparison to other woods, yet it is in great demand for numerous purposes such as for its smell of sandal in incense sticks, for making furniture, carvings and devotional articles such as Buddhist prayer beads, sacred idols etc. It is also used in making medicines.Sandalwood with its unique and distinctive sweet woody smell and medicinal properties is also used in cosmetic industry. Jewellery items are also made out of it.Some of the various sandalwood products available are sandalwood seals, wooden pens, sandalwood bracelet and other religious jewelry, jewel boxes, sandalwood necklace and numerous amazing gifts and decorative items etc. Different sizes of carved elephants made out of sandalwood are also available. The skilled artisans make all the items with great care and the carvings depict the minutest details making it all the more attractive and appealing. There are some other uses of sandalwood as well, with its oil being used in microscopy and medicines.

    One of the reasons why it has been replaced by rosewood nowadays is its high price.Due to its high cost it is now not used in the construction of buildings. It has its maximum use in the perfume industry. The oil extracted from the sandal tree is used to make variety of perfumes all over the world. The subtle smell of sandal is liked by almost everyone and thus its perfumes are in great demand.

    From its use and importance in religious purposes, to its extensive use in avariety of products, sandalwood has been able to maintain its demand by its innovativeuse in various products.

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