Colorful Woodcrafts

Kondapalli is an industrial town near Vijayawada city, Andhra Pradesh, India. The town is known for its locally made toy craft Kondapalli bommalu (Kondapalli toys). Kondapalli toys are famous for their light weight, vibrant colors and age-old production techniques. Themed around mythology, rural life and animals, these toys exhibit joyous and realistic expressions. The art shows the strong influence of Islamic style and pointed nose of the human figures is reminiscent of the 17th century Rajasthani style. This 400-year old tradition has passed on from generation to generation with every member taking part in the toy-making activity in ‘Toy Colony’ of Kondapalli. Over the years, Kondapalli toy has become a collectible from a plaything. Kondapalli toys are made of wood available locally called as Tella Poniki (White Sander wood and botanically called Jiuotia Rotteri Fromis). The Kondapalli craftsmen use this particular wood because this wood is soft, light weight and can be easily carved.Kondapalli toys in bright and vibrant colors portray and depict themes relating to spirituality and village life falling under any one or more of the following distinct categories. The popular animal forms are cows and elephants, while swans, peacocks and sparrows are the usual forms in the birds category.

Kondapalli is an industrial town near Vijayawada city, Andhra Pradesh, India. The town is known for its locally made toy craft Kondapalli bommalu (Kondapalli toys). Kondapalli toys are famous for their light weight, vibrant colors and age-old production techniques. Themed around mythology, rural life and animals, these toys exhibit joyous and realistic expressions. The art shows the strong influence of Islamic style and pointed nose of the human figures is reminiscent of the 17th century Rajasthani style. This 400-year old tradition has passed on from generation to generation with every member taking part in the toy-making activity in ‘Toy Colony’ of Kondapalli. Over the years, Kondapalli toy has become a collectible from a plaything. Kondapalli toys are made of wood available locally called as Tella Poniki (White Sander wood and botanically called Jiuotia Rotteri Fromis). The Kondapalli craftsmen use this particular wood because this wood is soft, light weight and can be easily carved.Kondapalli toys in bright and vibrant colors portray and depict themes relating to spirituality and village life falling under any one or more of the following distinct categories. The popular animal forms are cows and elephants, while swans, peacocks and sparrows are the usual forms in the birds category.

The village of Etikoppaka in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh delights the visitors by a diverse range of wooden lacquerware: colourful toys like train engines, curios like bangles, and objects of household use like jars and bowls. These Etikoppaka toys are user friendly as well as eco friendly. All natural color and dyes are used in it. Etikoppaka toys remind one the exquisite lacquer finished products of wood. The making of the toys are traditionally followed since years and years. Many artifacts are composed from wood and are also colored with natural dyes such as from seeds, lacquer, bark, roots and leaves. Additionally the process of making the Etikoppaka wooden toys is known as the Turned wood Lacquer craft. Anciently lac dye was used in India as a skin cosmetic and also as a dye for silk and woolen industry. Now days it is used for decorating the Etikoppaka toys so that people can buy them and put in their homes as a decoration item.

The village of Etikoppaka in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh delights the visitors by a diverse range of wooden lacquerware: colourful toys like train engines, curios like bangles, and objects of household use like jars and bowls. These Etikoppaka toys are user friendly as well as eco friendly. All natural color and dyes are used in it. Etikoppaka toys remind one the exquisite lacquer finished products of wood. The making of the toys are traditionally followed since years and years. Many artifacts are composed from wood and are also colored with natural dyes such as from seeds, lacquer, bark, roots and leaves. Additionally the process of making the Etikoppaka wooden toys is known as the Turned wood Lacquer craft. Anciently lac dye was used in India as a skin cosmetic and also as a dye for silk and woolen industry. Now days it is used for decorating the Etikoppaka toys so that people can buy them and put in their homes as a decoration item.

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