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Preliminary   > Art and Culture   >   Miscellaneous   >   handicrafts

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:

(a) Karnataka

(b) Andhra Pradesh

(c) Maharashtra

(d) Gujarat