Thanjavur or Tanjore is the headquarters of the Thanjavur district in Tamilnadu. The traditional head-shaking dolls of Thanjavur are well known by its local name as 'Talai aati Bommai'. These dolls take their original standing position though they are moved in any angle. The idols of Raja Rani, bride and bride groom are most popular ones among all products. These Talai aati Bommais are highly demanded in October during Dasara festival as they are elaborately exhibited in every house. The Thanjavur Talai aati Bommai production process is simple and starts by preparing the dough. Dough of POP and clay is made separately. The base is made with clay in the shape of a dish and allowed it for drying. Then the body part is made using moulds. POP substance is placed inside the mould and pressed until it takes the shape of mould. The body shape of idol is removed and it is joined with clay base using cement and POP. A slurry mixture of Pop is coated on the doll before it is being painted. This is done to obtain shine and luster on the surface of the doll. Finally the doll is painted with different colours to define the clothing, accessories and facial expressions.
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