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Why in news?
- Augmented Reality of Channapatna Toys were displayed at First Movers Coalition (FMC) Leadership Meeting of the World Economic Forum.
About Channapatna Toys:
- Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys (and dolls) that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka.
- This traditional craft is protected as a Geographical Indication (GI).
- As a result of the popularity of these toys, Channapatna is known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka.
How they are made?
- Traditionally, the work involved lacquering the wood of the Wrightia tinctoria tree, colloquially called Aale mara (ivory-wood).
- In addition to the traditional ivory-wood, other woods—including rubber, sycamore, cedar, pine and teak—are now used as well to create toys.
- The origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of wooden toys.
- The toys are laced with vegetable dyes and colours devoid of chemicals and hence they are safe for children.
Channapatna, a town famous for its toy craft tradition is located in:
(b) Andhra Pradesh