Art & Culture

Channapatna Toys

  • Channapatna toys are a type of wooden toy (and doll) made in the town of Channapatna in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka.
  • The state government protects this traditional craft as a geographical indication (GI) under the World Trade Organization.
  • Because of the popularity of these toys, Channapatna is known as Karnataka’s Gombegala Ooru (toy-town).
  • Traditionally, the job entailed lacquering the wood of the Wrightia tinctoria tree, also known as Aale mara (ivory-wood).
  • According to most accounts, their production dates back at least 200 years, to the era of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the 18th century.
  • The toys are made with vegetable dyes and non-toxic colours, making them suitable for children.
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