Tanjore or Thanjavur is known as the cultural capital of peninsular India. It does not come as a surprise then that the city of Tanjore in Tamilnadu is considered a haven for craft lovers. The city is famous for the magnificent and subtle Tanjore paintings that have attracted much demand among the tourists. Apart from the Tanjore paintings, the city is also known for its exquisite handicrafts and handlooms.
The major handicrafts of Tanjore include weaving, painting, jewelry and
woodworks among others. These are some of the things that you can shop
for in Tanjore. Tanjore has a glorious history of patronizing and
producing mesmerizing artifacts. Don't forget to take back some
artifacts while shopping in Tanjore.
Silk weaving is a major traditional craft in Tamilnadu and two of its
most renowned centers are Kanchipuram and Tanjore. The city of Tanjore
specializes in weaving silk saris that have broad border and unique
motifs, which are laden with Zari. Don't forget to buy these saris, as
they are very popular for weddings and religious occasions.
Nevertheless the thing which is a must buy in Tanjore is a Tanjore
Painting. These richly adorned paintings of mostly Hindu deities are
quite popular among the tourists. Other minor items that can be shopped
include Thalaiyatti Bommai (head-nodding doll), Thanjavur plates and
There are many shops within the city. Several government and private
run ones are available in Tanjore that you may explore. As far as
Tanjore Paintings are concerned it is always good to visit the craftsmen
at work and buy directly from them.