The rich art and culture of Thanjavur reflects the traditional legacy and ancestral heritage of the ancient times. Thanjavur is famous for its cultural arts, like Thanjavur painting, art plate, Veena and Tavil. It is also well-known for its attractive and creative article in pith work, which is a traditional and heritage handicraft of Thanjavur. Pith is an herbaceous plant grown in water bodies. Artisans make/create many art products using pith. Pith was originally used in Thanjavur for making garlands out of slices beautifully cut into round shapes and then dyed with different colors.
The main art pieces are the miniatures of Thanjavur temples. The other art pieces are idols of god and goddesses, Taj Mahal, Brihadeshvara Temple, Tirupathi Temple, Madurai Menakshi idol and temple, miniature models of rural and city places and home decoration items. To avoid from dust the product is covered with a glass case/frame which preserves the product for more than 20 years.
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