The district is famous for its
exquisite ancient handicrafts-making of bronze
icons, Thanjavur art plates, bell-metal
castings, bowls, napkin and powder boxes and
artistic in-laying and engraving work of motifs
well known as Tanjore Paintings. It is equally
well-known for pith-work, ornamental fans, mats,
and making of musical instruments of jack-wood.
It is also a flourishing center of handloom silk
and cotton sarees.