The Thanjavur Talai aati Bommai or Uruttu 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 colors to define the clothing, accessories and facial expressions.
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