Thanjavur is an interesting destination to shop especially if you are an art collector. Everything you find at the handicraft market here is one-off and unique to this part of South India. They range from the famous âThanjavur dancing dollâ, Tanjore paintings to Tanjore art plates. You can find an array of Tanjore paintings and other objet dâ art at the Tanjore Palace museum shop. Here old and new artworks are sold, and you can conveniently use your credit card. At the Phoompuhar Art Gallery, both connoisseurs and collectors can revel in its range of artistic bronze statues, Tanjore paintings (a style of painting traditionally practiced in Tanjore depicting scenes from the Hindu mythology), and artistic plates. The genuineness of the artifacts here makes it very popular with foreign
A haven for craft lovers, Thanjavur owes much of its fame to the exquisite artwork and bronzes made by dexterous artisans. Browse the craft market some more, and you will find interesting weaves in silk, ethnic jewelry, filigree, woodwork, pottery, handloom products, and paintings. Must put up a bargain, for the prices quoted to tourists are on the higher side.
Silk weaving is a prominent traditional craft in the temple town, and many artists are engaged in this profession. When in Thanjavur, donât forget to pick up a typical silk sari with a broad border adorned with unique motifs in zari work (golden threadwork). Such a sari is famously worn by the locals for weddings and festivals.
The traditional dancing, rather head-nodding, dolls (locally called Thalaiyatti Bommai) make for a wonderful souvenir for your friends back home. You can even go for the Thanjavur plates or brass and bronze depictions of Hindu deities. Shop for all this and more from government-owned stores or private ones spread across the city. Another option is to visit the workshops of local craftsmen, watch them turn out a work-of-art, and purchase directly from them if you like.