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Channapatna Toys Factory

Channapatna is approximately 65kms from Bangalore. Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys (and dolls) that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna in the Bangalore Rural district. This traditional craft is protected as a Geographical Indication (GI) under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka.

The Channapatna toy industry faced a financial crunch for more than a decade and was almost on the verge of dying out.With the help of KHDC, the craft has been revived and the artisans involved are being trained on changing trends. Prototypes designed by master craftsmen are introduced to the local artisans, who use them to create well designed toys and dolls.

As a result of the popularity of these toys, Channapatna is known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka. Traditionally, the work involved lacquering the wood of the Wrightia tinctoria tree, colloquially called Aale mara (ivory-wood).

Visit to the plant with the dedicated staff who will explain to them the process involved in making the toys. The visit involves like wood used for making toys, the work place where & how they prepare toys & at last display of toys where they can buy the toys.

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