The outer skin of the pith is cut and removed.
The white part of the pith is used to make the miniatures or art works.
Pith is cut into different size shapes according to the design of the product.
The cut pieces are joined together using adhesive.
Heavy object is kept on the joined model to fix them perfectly.
Extra sides are cut and removed and this way the art work gets its perfect shape and form.
Details are carved using small knife.
Floral patterns are carved on pith.
The designed pieces are colored with water colors if required.
Colored pieces are dried in sun.
Displaying different stages of a temple model.
Temple of lord Shiva beautifully engraved.
The outer skin of the pith is cut and removed. The inner soft white portion of the stem is used to make the art pieces. The carved pieces are assembled together and stuck with adhesive into one piece of art. Blue prints of the design or photos are used as reference to make the miniatures. It takes one day to make small figures whereas10 to 12 days to finish a detailed designed big Ganesha idol. It takes almost a month to finish set of art piece of a place or temple. Some pith works are painted with water colors to make it look colorful and attractive.
Thanjavur pith work is famous for miniature works of Thanjavur temples and idol making. The finished pith work is generally fixed to a wooden base and covered with glass to protect from dust and moisture. This helps to preserve the works for years.
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