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  • How Poompuhar is bringing life in traditional Indian Art?

    'Indian Art' is a term which encompasses various mediums and styles perfected over centuries by artisans and handicraft workers. Yet this ancient art form is somehow losing its prominence in society. Tamil Nadu Poompuhar aims to showcase those talents which have been unappreciated for long.

    The catrgories have been mapped out keeping in mind the varied artforms which have existed:

    What are our Metal offerings?

    Difficult to carve and yet a beauty to behold, the array of metal designs have been constructed and polished by superior craftsmen.

    The designs are available with antique polish and you can select from the collection like Reshabadevar Set, Boga Shakti, Arthanari, Shivalingam, Arthanarieshwar sets and much more.

    Arthanarieshwar Polish Shop For This Arthanarieshwar - Click Here

    Poompuhar offers Brass items as well, like Brass bowls, Brass Peacock Bead Stones, Brass Nataraj statues, Brass Uruli Weight, Brass Uruli Light Weight, Brass Coloured Weights and a lot more which you can browse through as well as choose from the official website.

    Wood: The most intricate style

    Wood carvings are richly detailed constructions and the products of Poompuhar are made with selected Rosewood, Sandalwood and more.

    They offer various wooden figures like that of the Buddha, Radha-Krishna, Ashoka Pillar and more. But apart from mythological and historical designs they also offer everyday handcrafted wooden products like clocks, pens etc.

    Shop For this White Wood Ashoka Pillar - Click Here

    What are our designs based on Stone?

    The most significant artwork of South India is undoubtedly that of the stone sculptures.  Thanks to the craftsmen of the Pallava Empire who had intricately crafted these stones to create some masterpieces which still enchant tourists from all over the world. The Indian culture and emotion is reflected in various Indian religious monuments dating back to time immemorial.

    To celebrate this achievement and promote its growth among the masses, they offer statues made out of granite, red stone, soap stone along with clay and much more. The life-size figurines and fountain sculptures speak a thousand words about the Indianness.

    Earthware -fragile and precious

    The most widely available type of crafts is the earthenware products like bowls, statues and more. The workers make various masterpieces out of clay and ceramic like that of Nataraj, Lakshmi, Parvati, Saraswati, Kalinga Krishna and more. These statues are available in oxidized variants as well.

    The designs available on Clothing and Leather

    Cloth and Leather Prints have been in use long and are still quite popular in traditional fashion. Keeping with the tradition Poompuhar offers handcrafted textiles like Kalamkari purse, lamp shades and lots more which can be browsed in our website.

    Paintings: What do we offer?

    Indian paintings speak of style and technique in a nuanced and yet simultaneously bold manner. The collection has paintings of the gods Krishna, Lakshmi, Ganesh along with others like Perumal and Ramar as well.

    If budget is not an issue for you, then check out the Thanjavur Paintings which are one of their Big Ticket items.

    Shop For Thanjavur Painting Perumal - Click Here

    Poomphar aims to reinstate traditional Indian art to the position of prestige it once enjoyed by showing its vitality to others. Appreciating and supporting these creations as well as their creators who are on the verge of losing their skills is the goal.

  • Tracking Down the Traditional Handicrafts of India

    India is a country with diverse cultures, religions and traditions. Each state has its own culture and traditions, which are most often a result of the empire that ruled over them. Most states have their own special type of handiwork for which they are famous. Beautiful works hand crafted by people of a particular region marks the heritage of that soil, and gives India its diversity.

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    Perhaps it began by making items of utility for their daily use. As the demand increased, these ancient handicrafts for better with creativity of the craftsmen. In order to please kings and queens, people used to gift them their carefully crafted works of art. The king, on being impressed would reward them suitably. The artisans made beautiful creations and took them to other places for trade and this was how they gradually became famous for their type of craft.

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    India is a vast country and almost all its cities have some or the other special art and craft which makes the place famous and gives people a competitive edge in trading.

    The handicraft of ancient India dates back to the Indus valley civilization when the craftsmen were skilled in pottery making and sculpture making. This included sculptures made out of metals, stones, wood etc. Weaving and jewelry making were also practiced.

    In the Mauryan age, numerous stupas were built, which indicates that stone carved sculptures were the most prominent handicraft of that period.

    The forts and palaces of various places depict the type of art and craft practiced by their people.

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    In the North of India, i.e. in Kashmir, beautiful handicrafts called Papier Mache art are extremely popular. Kashmir is also famous for its walnut wood crafts and the furniture made out of it. The people of Kashmir also make handicraft items carved out of copper which has an antique finish that lends the items a unique attractiveness.

    The handicrafts of Rajasthan include decorative paintings, puppet making, mirror embroidery etc. Fabrics are dyed in multi colored combinations by tie and dye method, resist dyeing method and by direct application method to create unique Jaipuri prints and paintings which are used for adorning wall hangings, bed sheets clothes etc.

    Maharashtra is famous for its Kolhapuri chappals made out of leather and the textile industry.

    Uttar Pradesh has various types of handicrafts in its various cities. Agra is famous for TajMahal, which has made the city home to countless number of artisans who make beautiful decorative items out of marbles. It is also known for leather shoes. Firozabad city is famous for its handicrafts items made out of glass such as chandeliers, bangles vases etc. Bareili is famous for its wooden furniture and other wooden handicrafts. Kanpur; which is an industrial city, is famous for its leather handicrafts. Lucknow is famous for its chikankaari and zardozi handicrafts, which are essentially different kinds of embroidery. Banaras is famous for its Banarasisarees and fabrics with Banarsi work on them.

    People from eastern states such as Assam, West Bengal, Orissa and Manipur use Bamboo creatively to make handicraft items. The people there also make crafts out of straw,wood, metals and stones.Straw hats, straw boxes and straw bags and baskets are a few items made out of straw by the craftsmen.

    Applique work and Madhubani paintings of Orissa and Bihar are famous. Their paintings and manuscripts on palm leaves are quite unique.

    South India on the other hand is also extremely rich in the differentkind of handicrafts which are made by skilled craftsmen. Leather lamp shades, Tanjore paintings, beautiful jewelry and decorative items made out of shells are made in Andhra Pradesh. Statues made of brass and handicrafts made out of coconut are also part of Andhra crafts. Beautifully carved wooden doors and interiors are used to decorate temples and homes. Brass and silverstatues of gods and goddesses in antique and polish finish are greatly admiredby worshippers. Madurai is famous for rosewood handicrafts. Kanchipuramsarees of South India need no introduction. Pearl jewelry and lakh jewelry which are made in Hyderabad - a city in Karnataka, are world famous.

    India with all its diversity has a lot of variety of handicrafts to offer to the world. The ancient handicrafts with a mix of modern ideas create a wonderful combination, which is worth appreciation. The Govt. of India helps its artisans in preserving the tradition and capability of its craftsmen by organizing trade fairs and exhibitions to promote the traditional Indian art and crafts.

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