Kondapalli Bommallu White Elephant | White Poniki Wood | 7×3.5×6 Inches

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This is a GI tagged handcrafted product that uses natural or vegetable dyes. Originating from the Kondapalli hills of Andhra Pradesh, this GI tag emphasises the origin of this product as an intellectual property of Andhra Pradesh.

Craft Type Kondapalli Toys
Dimensions(In Inches) 7 x 3.5 x 6
Product Origin Kondapalli(Vijayawada)
Material White Poniki wood
Weight(In Grams) 270
  • A craft dating back to 400 years, the Kondapalli artisans or ‘Aryakhastriyas’ are said to have migrated from Rajasthan in the 16th century to Kondappali.
  • The Aryakhastriyas attribute their origin to Muktharishi, a sage endowed with skills in arts and crafts by Lord Shiva.
  • Each part of the toy is carved out separately, and a paste made of tamarind seed powder and sawdust is used to join them.
  • Natural dyes are applied in the finishing stages to produce the vibrant colours displayed.


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Kondapalli toys are traditionally  crafted by a section of people called ‘Aryakula Kshatriya’ who are said to have migrated from Rajasthan 400 years ago.These wood painted toys add a fine creative touch to your drawing rooms with their finely created figurines. These are made from highly sought after soft wood named Tella Poniki , procured from the hills of Kondapalli. They are painted with natural colours like powder colours, oil colours and vegetable dyes, which sets the tone for an aesthetic ambience.

The multi-staged process for making these toys is quite interesting. The artisans etch out the shape of the toy they create from the white Poniki wood. This particular variety of wood is grown specially in the lands earmarked for this purpose in villages near Kondapalli. The lifestyle of rural Andhra, particularly in the old days, is represented in these toys with remarkable finesse and craftsmanship. The colour schemes and the shape of these toys are so attractive that no household in Andhra Pradesh is without these toys.

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