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Channapatna toy
Photo courtesy: Chitra Chandrasekhar
Channapatna toy
Photo courtesy: Lalitha Srinivasan

The story of the Channapatna toys dates back to the 18th century. The toy made its initial journey to the court of Tipu Sultan as a gift from Persia. So impressed was Tipu Sultan of the craftmanship that he invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans. Each and every toy is carefully handcrafted. Traditionally, the toys are made of ivory-wood but these days one can find toys made of sycamore, cedar, pine, teak and even rubber. Each toy-making process starts from the wood which is then seasoned, cut, carved and lastly coloured. Vegetable dyes are used on these toys so that children can play without any danger from harmful dyes.
Source: Precious Kamei,, Dec 19 , 2018