Source: The post is based on the article “Padma award is an honour for the Etikoppaka toy craft, says C.V. Raju” published in PIB on 27th January 2023
What is the News?
Shri C V Raju from Etikoppaka village, Visakhapatnam,Andhra Pradesh has been conferred with Padma Shri for preserving the traditional method of making Etikoppaka toys.
What are Etikoppaka toys?
Etikoppaka toys are traditional toys made by artisans of Etikoppaka village located on the banks of Varaha River in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
Features: Toys are made of soft wood and lacquer color. Coloured with natural dyes derived from seeds, lacquer,roots and leaves. The way of toy making is also known as turned wood lacquer craft.
– The artisans mainly use the wood from trees known as ‘ankudu’ (Wrightia Tinctoria) that is soft in nature.
– These toys have no sharp edges. They are rounded on all sides and hence present little chance of injury to children.
GI Tag: In 2017, the Etikoppaka toys acquired a Geographical Indications(GI) tag.