Photo Feature – A Day with Channapatna Toy Makers


I happened to know about a small town named Channapatna in Karnataka, which is known as the land of toys. Situated on the Bengaluru-Mysooru Road, this small town produces unique handcrafted wooden lacquer toys that have become quite famous across India. Small factories manufacture wooden Channapatna toys and other utility products like candle stands, bangles etc. Wood is carved into an intricately designed item, using a handheld lathe and then it is coloured with lac. This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication (GI) tag under the World Trade Organization.

I spent a day with the Channapatna handicraft artisans, observing their work and their daily life along with my friend. This is my humble attempt to capture a little part of what we experienced with these wonderful people – A photo essay on one the most famous traditional toys of India to help put forward their daily life.

Sandip Bose

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