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  • The Story behind the Chettinad Wooden Pillars

    Gone are the days when the Nattukottai Chettiars of the famous Chettinad region lived like royalty in their huge mansion-like homes with numerous luxurious rooms, opulently carved teak front doors and pillars, and walls that gleamed like silk even in the dim light. The homes boasted of highly embellished multiple central courtyards and décor that was collected from various countries and bespoke the owner’s wealth.This banking and trading community has been in existence for more than two thousand years now. Earlier they lived along the coast, but after being insulted by one of the Chola dy...

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  • The History of Chettinad

    Chettinad is the name of a region located in the Sivagangai and Pudukottai districts of Tamil Nadu in South India. This area is synonymous with many things grand and outstanding. It has been the home of the prosperous Nattukottai Chettiars since around the 13nth century. This prosperous trading and banking community made the region popular for its famously architected opulent mansions, its local cuisine, it’s world-famous, handmade Aathangudi tiles as well as the Chettinad saris. The Chettiars were basically wealthy traders dealing in silks, gems, pearls, spices and salt and were earlier set...

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