Channapatna toys

An assortment of Channapatna toys and dolls

Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys (and dolls) that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna ( 12.87 Sq.K.M) [1]in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka state, India. This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication (GI) under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka.[2] As a result of the popularity of these toys, Channapatna is known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka.[3] Traditionally, the work involved lacquering the wood of the Wrightia tinctoria tree,[4] colloquially called Aale mara (ivory-wood).[5]

  1. ^ "Area Sqft". www.channapatnacity.mrc.gov.in. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ GI for Channapatna toys and dolls is mentioned by P. Manoj (19 February 2006). "GI certificate for Channapatna toys, Bidriware, Coorg orange". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2006-02-19. Chennai, India: 2006, The Hindu. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  3. ^ A brief history of Channapatna toys is provided by Govind D. Belgaumkar and Anil Kumar Sastry (27 October 2006). "Unique symbols of Karnataka". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2006-10-27. Chennai, India: 2006, The Hindu. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Chapter 3: Case Study 2 – LAC-Turnery and the Lacquerware Industry".
  5. ^ A brief description of Channapatna toys is provided by National Informatics Centre. "Industries and Commerce, Bangalore Rural district". Official Webpage of the Bangalore Rural district. Government of Karnataka. Archived from the original on 18 May 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007.