The tradition of wood carving existed in India from ancient times. In India, each region has developed its own style of structures and carvings.
The artistic wood carving of South India drawn inspiration from the old Indian tradition of worship. In ancient India, the carpenter held an important place in the social life of the village. They no longer drive chariots like they used to in ancient India.
In Chettinad, wood carving was praticed both for utility and omamental purposes. Till now the, the artisan of this area are very popular for their wood crafts like god, goddess. Rathams(chariots) and other utility items, which have very high demand both in domestic and international markets.