Etikoppaka Bommalu Lord Hanuman | Ankudu Wood | 7 x 7 x 16 Inches

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The Geographical Indication Registry (GIR) has given Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the traditional Etikoppaka toys (Etikoppaka Bommalu) of Andhra Pradesh. These traditional toys are made by artisans in Etikoppaka village located on banks of river Varaha in Visakhapatnam district of the state.

Craft Type Etikoppaka toys
Dimensions(In Inches) 7 x 7 x 16
Product Origin Etikoppaka (Vishakhapatnam)
Material Soft wood and lacquer color
Weight 75 Grams
  • The legacy of toy making in Etikoppaka is believed to have originated during the early 18th Century.
  • In a world polluted by plastic toys, the non-toxic vegetable dyes of the Etikoppka offers an alternative.
  • Using a soft wood, these products are then fashioned to perfection with objectives varying from beads and earning to candle stands and vermillion boxes.
  • One of the biggest advantages and unique things about Etikoppaka toys was that they were well rounded and made using natural dye colours. This makes them safe for kids.

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Etikoppaka  is a quaint village located on the banks of the river Varaha in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. A traditional art of the people of Etikoppaka, these toys have been handcrafted since the early 18th century. The name Etikoppaka is synonymous with the beautiful wooden artifacts and lacquer colours. The story goes that two hundred years ago, a newlywed bride on this coast used to store her vermilion and turmeric in freshly procured, little artful containers of soft Anduku wood that were trademarks of a little place called Etikoppaka.

The process of making these wooden handicrafts is known as ‘Turned Wood Lacquer Craft’ or ‘Tharini’. The toys are made of soft wood and lacquer colour. Coloured with natural dyes derived from seeds, lacquer, bark, roots and leaves, they are chemical free and sustainable. The artists use a colourless resinous secretion of several insects, known as lac. The lac is mixed with dyes during the oxidation process. This lac dye is used in decorating the toys. Famous not only in India but around the world, these toys make for great decorative pieces and memorabilia.

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