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Wooden toy making is a traditional craft of Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh, India. Bright and colorful lacquer toys made by teams of skilled craftsmen. These toys received a geographical indication label in 2014, along with other lacquer products made in the region.

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Process of Banarasi toy making

Pieces of wood are cut from logs to the size of the toy to be made. Each piece is heated slowly to remove all moisture from the wood. Wood is carved by hand or shaped by a lathe. In the art of hand carving, the design of the toy is first painted on wood. The wood is then carved with chisels and hammers. Once shaped, the surface of the toy is smoothed with a file and the toy is sent for painting.

Toy Making of Banaras

According to the story, Lord Rama's toy is from Kasi. A special kind of wood is used to make these toys. These wooden toys are also popular overseas because they use paint that is sterile and harmless even for children to put in their mouths. However, one of the main problems for toy makers is the lack of availability of timber due to government bans on logging. However, one of the government's key moves to boost the Varanasi wooden toy business is to allow toy makers to display their crafts during exhibitions.

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