The VTI (Victoria Technical Institute) was established in 1887 as a charitable trust. this was in honour of Queen Victoria who was the ruling monarch in England. As a matter of fact, it 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 . The grandeur & display in the showroom are breathtaking. For instance, they have 3 floors of handicrafts and crafts on display.
Life-like stone sculptures, celestial figures in bronze look magnificent. They would cost about Rs1,00,000 +/piece. Brass lamps & deities are displayed on the ground floor. The first floor has rosewood carvings, sandalwood deities and a huge display of furniture in rosewood. 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.
In addition, Tanjore Art plates, and paintings on mythological themes are authentic. Each is a masterpiece crafted by a gifted artisan. Above all, the specialty of Tanjore paintings lies in their ornamentation . For example, this is done 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.
For instance, you will definitely be tempted to buy a souvenir from here. They courier the items to both domestic and international destinations. As a matter of fact, VTI is one of the best handicrafts shop in Chennai. They are centrally located on Mount Road in Chennai.Also, the staff is courteous and willing to help at all times.