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Channapatna Toys

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  • Context (TH): Channapatna toys have become part of children’s academic activities in Afghanistan.
  • Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys and dolls manufactured in Channapatna town in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka.
  • Channapatna is also known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town).


  • The toys have a rich history that dates back to the time of the Wodeyar dynasty in the 18th century.
  • The craft is said to have been introduced to the region by Persian artisans.


  • These toys are handcrafted using a unique technique called “lac-turnery.
  • Craftsmen use a lathe to shape softwood, usually Indian ivory wood or Aale mara (Wrightia tinctoria), into various forms. However, nowadays, sandalwood and mango wood are also used.
  • They are also painted in organic colours extracted from vegetables and plants and natural dyes, making the Channapatna Toys 100% chemical-free.
  • It received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2005.

    Channapatna Toys

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