Athangudi Tiles: Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu

Documented by Dr. Bibhudutta Baral, National Institute of Design, Bengaluru

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The Athangudi tiles a popular handmade decorative floor tiles, originating from a village called Athangudi in the Chettinadu region of Tamil Nadu. Athangudi tiles are completely handmade floor tiles, which add charm to the interiors of a house. These flower tiles of Athangudi stands out for its class, bringing forth the rich cultural heritage of the Chettiar community. The art of making these tiles is a traditional activity at Chettinad. The raw materials used for making athangudi tiles are the local soil, cement, baby jelly and synthetic oxides. It is unique and supreme, as it comes in a variety of colors and patterns made by a distinctive process of making tiles.
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