Visalam is a veritable showpiece for these famous tiles that are a leitmotif in many a grand Chettinad home. Part of their allure lies in the fact that they are made entirely by hand through a process perfected over many generations. There are over one hundred small-scale tile factories in the village of Aathangudy, about 10 Kms from Visalam, where this unique handmade tile making process still continues.
Egg Whitened Walls
The pearly lustre of the plastering of the walls and pillars of the homes is unique to this region. It is a rather unusual formula consisting of eggshells, lime, palm jaggery and seashells, ground together by hand to make the base material for plastering. The final polishing is done with the white of eggs, whose proportions for mixing and casting are known only to a few. The end result, however, is more well known - astonishingly smooth and glossy finishes that have to be seen and touched to be believed!
Touches of Tradition
The bed runners, cushions and even the uniforms of our people at Visalam are sourced from the famed handloom weavers of Chettinad who still make colorful cotton fabrics the traditional way.