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Production Activities

The Corporation has seven production centres for Bronze Icons, Brass Lamps, Thanjavur Art Plates, Stone Carvings and Wood Carvings. Training schemes are also implemented through these production centres.


Among all the State Handicrafts Development Corporations in India, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation is the only Corporation that has its own Production Centres for the important crafts of Tamil Nadu.

Products manufactured

  1. Brass lamps of various sizes (small Agal to Branch lamps, bells)
  2. Bell Metal Bells
  3. Bronze Icons (various Gods & Godesses)
  4. Art plate of various sizes shield, wall clock
  5. Sandalwood & Whitewood figures
  6. Stone carvings

Apart from the above the Corporation is engaged in production of various items against orders such as brass grill work in various temples, brass hundials etc.,

Products manufactured

(1) For lamp units at Vagaikulam, Nachiarkoil & Madurai

  1. Core making
  2. Moulding
  3. Fitting
  4. Pinpoint removing
  5. Lathe burnishing
  6. Hand burnishing
  7. Engraving
  8. Polishing

Brass Lamps are produced in Box moulding and Bell Metal Bells are produced in Wax moulding.

(2) Bronze unit at Swamimalai

  1. Wax Models
  2. Casting
  3. Finishing

(3) Art Plate unit at Thanjavur

  1. Shaping
  2. Die
  3. Fixing
  4. Grinding
  5. Polishing

(4) Wood Carving unit at Kallakurichi

  1. Carving
  2. Finishing

(5) Stone Carving unit at Mamallapuram

  1. Cutting
  2. Carving
  3. Finishing

Raw materials consumption

Copper, Tin, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Brass & Copper sheets, Granite stone, Sandalwood & white wood.

Raw materials consumption

(a) Brass : Copper 60% Zinc 40%    
(b) Bell Metal : Copper 80% Tin 20%    
(c) Bronze : Copper 84% Zinc 11% Lead 4% Tin 1%

Raw materials procurement

Main Raw materials like copper, brass, tin, lead & zinc are purchased from Government Agencies like MMTC, MSTC, TNEB, Police and HR&CE Department.

Special Projects

  • The Corporation executes the supply of Brass Iron Boxes to the Most Backward and Denotified Communities Welfare Department and the Adi Dravidar & Tribal Welfare Department every year.
  • The Corporation also executes manufacture and supply of 4gms Gold Medal to the Drivers of Government Departments who have rendered unblemished services.
  • 8 gms & 10 gms Gold Medals to State Government Departments.
  • 40 gms Gold Medals to the artists of Tamil Films and Television for Kalaimamani Award conferred by the Iyyal Isai Nataka Mandram.
  • Brass Sheet Metal work executed to the temples in Tamilnadu.
  • Executed Gold, Silver and Wood chariots to the various temples in Tamilnadu and other state.

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