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  • 28 February, 2021

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Channapatna Toys

The Prime Minister has called upon to explore the possibility of e-marketing of Channapatna toys across the country and the world, during the India Toy Fair 2021.

About Channapatna Toys:

  • Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys. Artisans of the town Channapatna in Karnataka manufactures them.
  • In Kannada, Channapatna is also called “Gombegala Ooru”, which means toy town in English.
  • Origin: The origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan.
  • He invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of wooden toys.
  • He is known for his commitment to helping the local artisans with the art of toy-making and bringing in new technologies to improvise the toys.
  • Wood Used: The Channapatna toys are made of specific wood, called “Aale Mara or the ivory wood”.
  • Vegetable dyes are used for colors that are safe to use and environment-friendly.
  • Toxic chemicals found in toys usually include Butyrate TXIB & Citrate ATBC.
  • GI tag: This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication(GI) under the World Trade Organization(WTO).

Other Traditional Indian Toys of Different States:

  • Kerala- Kathakali dance dolls, animal-shaped toys, and Woodcraft Toys
  • TamilNadu- Thanjavur Thalaiyatti Bommai , Choppu saman Toys
  • Punjab- Folk toys, Handwai, Chankana, Lattu, Ghuggu
  • Telangana: Nirmal Toys
  • Madhya Pradesh– Adivasi Gudia Hastashilpa (Dolls), Betel Nut’s Toys, and Tin Toys.
  • Uttar Pradesh- lacquered toys and miniature utensils Toys.
  • Jammu & Kashmir- Walnut wood carving toys
  • Chhattisgarh- Clay & Terracotta, Dhokra Metal Casting, Wood Carving, Metal Craft toys.
  • Daman & Diu- Tortoise Shell toys and crafts,
  • Andaman & Nicobar Island- Timber Toys, Coconut shell toys

Source: TH


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