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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,
The PM advised the artisans to make use of advanced information technology(IT) technology to popularize toys across the world.
About Channapatna Toys:
- Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys (and dolls). 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.
- The Father of the Channapatna toy is Bavas Miyan. 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.
- 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: The Hindu