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Thombai for Stage and Temple decorations

Thombai-Divine Decorations

It is a stunning and sight to behold when a temple car swiftly rolls down any street with the beautiful Thombai swaying gently. There is no Indian temple festival complete without a Thombai decorated temple car. Thombai is a cylindrically shaped decoration that is used as an ornamental item on the temple car, and it’s a hanging one usually filled with appliqué works.

The Thombai Appliqué

Thombai appliqué is a clutter of the most beautiful and colorful fabric that is intricately woven into a unique design. Its decorative art usually requires an art of sewing small fabrics and another separate piece of cloth all into one big frame. The appliqué involves selection of bright colors for stage decoration with the whole purpose of an appealing design that is eye-catching. Given the unique and the nature of Thombai, the appliqué applied are of ornamental character. Additionally, in the traditional South Indian Temples, they are used as decorative hangings during the grand occasions like dance Arangetram and other major festivals.

The Theme and Design

Thombai designs and theme differ from each state. From the images of Goddesses, Gods, geometric designs, Temple Jewelry and floral, the art is exemplary unique. Some of the designs are well embroidered with an artificial flower garland. The Punjab traditional form is known as Phulkari meaning blossoming since the cloth surface resembles a flowering petal.

The technique

The fabric used to make Thombai differs from each temple, but mostly the Esoteric technique is used with the interesting combination to make an enchant devotees. The motifs put in place, and the borders of the base stitched with bright and contrasting colors. The Vaishnatives and Saivites have a distinct difference in the appliqué applied for their temple car. The Saivites temple car is known as Pattu Ther and for Vaishnatives is known as Alangara Ther. The Thombai of the Saivites temple car has a picture of Lingam and some other related temple deities like Nandi that is according to Sundara Vadivel.

The Fabric and color

The fabric used in Thombai range from velvet and silk or the traditional cotton. These fabrics are stunning and used to enhance it to an aesthetic look, and they come in different colors which are matched to bring out their beauty. The Fabric is usually four feet long, and the materials are reusable and washable. The fabrics are well selected to avoid any pitfall like creasing or color running.

The Craftsman

It needs an artisan who can visualize his appliqué art to come out with a perfect design and fantastic finished work. The tailor must have an ability to use contrasting colors with shapes of flowers, birds, animals, geometric shapes and minor deities to get a unique temple car decorating Thombai. He is also required to have a sense of symmetry practiced on dazzling colors like green, white, purple, green and yellow fabrics. The base of the Thombai is usually circle, rectangle or square and on this base, the tailor is supposed to stitch the motifs and in a beautiful arrangement. It is one way of detailing the finer aspects of the job. In the older days, the artisans stayed in temples, and they would work together to bring out an ornamental cloth rich in fabric, color, design and definitely of divine connection. For those dedicated to creating this beautiful piece of temple car decoration, there say it is something celestial.

Thombai is a sight to behold on any temple car, and it adds color to any occasion. It brings out a work of technique, and appliqué to bring out its beauty combined with a mixture of visualization, colors and of course the design.


Classical dance practice sarees

Indian classical dancers wear practice saree while practicing Kuchipudi or Bharatanatyam or Mohiniyattam. Dance practice sarees are made specially to wear during dance practice. Usually, for younger generation a tights (bottom) and a loose top is preferred. But generally, wearing the pant and top for a classical dance practice is considered non-traditional or western. So the practice sarees came in handy. Regular sarees are so long and tall, which takes a long time to wear and very inconvenient to do the vigorous practice and physical activity. These practice sarees are short and less tall, making them very comfortable for dance practice. The dance practice sarees are made of cotton usually.

The length of the dance practice saree is about 5.3 Yards and the height is 1 Yard.

On top of every thing, the beauty of a dancer in traditional practice saree in incomparable with any other attire other than her actual Bharatanatyam dance or Kuchipudi dance dress.

Please see  some of our dance practice sarees

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