For all the people who thought that material comes cheap, it's the blasted craftsmanship
that bloats the prices, the Rs. 2,85,000 entry barrier will prove an unwelcome
eye-opener - both craftsmanship and material bloat the prices. For, the lady that
stands at the entrance in these exhibitions is for sale herself, too, and made
of bronze, she costs no less than that.
Poompuhar is the common name for the Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corporation,
the organizer of this exhibition. It has 20 sales outlets all across the country,
and the Chennai branch is organizing this one, in which artisans from across the
country will display their wares. Poompuhar has manufactured all the brass and
bronze statues displayed here.
Some of the things that are really attractive are the Tanjavur picture paintings
of the various gods and textiles. The complete list of items that will be displayed
1. Bronze statues/icons
2. Brass oil lamps
3. Wood carvings
4. Tanjavur art plates
5. Sandalwood items
6. A variety of handcrafted textiles like Madurai sungadi, tie & dye saris etc.
7. Jewelry (silver filgiri, pearls, temple jewelry etc.)
8. Tanjavur paintings
9. Brass sheet metal products