Poompuhar

Look Out For :- Bronze figurines

What’s Interesting :- Golu dolls

Market :-

Products :- Gifts and Handicrafts  

Days Closed :- Sunday

Timing :- 10 am -8 pm

Phone :- 044 2852 0624, 28521271, 044 28521798, 044 28521325,

Address :- LIC Building Opp. , No.108, Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600002

Landmark :- Higginbothams

Parking :- Roadside Parking

Price Range :- Rs2000 - Rs2,00,000

Payment Methods :- Cash& Card

Poompuhar Chennai Handicrafts Store

This is a Tamilnadu Government promoted handicrafts store, which was setup in 1973. The Poompuhar Art Gallery has an exquisite collection of handicraft items from Tamil Nadu.

As you walk into the ground floor the dazzling handicrafts in brass will  surprise you with the sheer variety and shine.The brass lamps alone will keep you mesmerised for a long time. Firstly, there are lamps in varying sizes. Some of the brass lamps are 2 feet in height while some are even taller. Some  lamps are as small as 6 inches in height. The interesting fact is that brass lamps with a parrot ,a peacock or deity of Hindu Gods are very popular as compared to simple lamps . There are hanging lamps ,floor lamps and wall lamps as well.

These are typically oil lamps.

The prices will range from Rs500/pair to Rs12000/pair on an average.

Brass lamps at Poompuhar
Brass lamps at Poompuhar

As you walk into the adjoining rooms, giant sculptures in bronze will greet you .Sculptures of Shiva as the dancing Lord Natraja, of Ganesha, of goddesses Lakshmi & Parvathy are all beautifully crafted. The detailing is  certainly remarkable .

Bronze sculptures
Bronze sculptures at Poompuhar

In addition, check out Tanjore paintings and  wall hangings in wood. This is ideal to be used in the doorway .

Wooden wall hangings
Wood wall hanging

FURNITURE IN ROSEWOOD

In addition to handicrafts ,furniture is also available in the store.Dining tables, consoles ,wooden swings in rosewood are beautifully crafted and certainly worth a look. These items are displayed on the first floor.However, these are artistically created furniture pieces.

Golu Dolls

This shop also specialises in ‘Golu dolls’.

Golu dolls in Poompuhar
Mud dolls in Poompuhar

These are dolls made of mud  or paper mâché and hold special significance in Tamil Nadu as they are worshipped and displayed during the holy period of “Navratras”. Dolls of all the Hindu Gods and Goddesses are available in Poompuhar .

As this is a Government owned shop, the prices are just right and the quality is magnificent as the items are sourced from the artisans.

This is one of the best shops for Handicrafts in Chennai.

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The Victoria Technical Institute VTI Handicrafts ,Chennai The Victoria Technical Institute was established in 1887 as a charitable trust and was the first of its kind to nurture the abundant talent available in the rural areas of South India. Today ,it has grown to become a world-renowned store for Tamil Nadu handicrafts. A first time visitor who is shopping in Chennai for handicrafts, would be struck by the sheer size and grandeur of display in the showroom. They have 3 floors of handicrafts and other South Indian crafts on display . The staff is courteous and willing to help at all times. Life-like stone sculptures, celestial figures in bronze, brass lamps, rosewood carvings, sandalwood carvings, Tanjore Art plates, and picture paintings and more are all stocked. Each is a masterpiece crafted by a gifted artisan. The magnificent bronze figures for example are made in the temple town of Kumbakonam. The prices for these pieces are fixed in concurrence with the artists . Tanjore Paintings The specialty of Tanjore paintings lies in their ornamentation with gold leaf, gilded metal pieces and semi-precious stones. VTI has a great collection of Tanjore Paintings.VTI also has tablecloth,cushion covers and napkins with the finest embroidery work. Frocks with smocking for children are also part of the display. All this is available in the ground floor. You will definitely be tempted to buy a souvenir from here. They courier the items to both domestic and international destinations. This is one of the best handicrafts shop in Chennai. They are centrally located on Mount Road in Chennai.
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