Channapatna toy is a special form of wooden toys and dolls manufactured in Channapatna town in Ramanagara district of Karnataka state, India. This traditional craft is protected by the World Trade Organization as a geographical indication, managed by the government of Karnataka.

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Process of Channapatna toys

Chanapatna toys are made of wood and plant dyes and are safe to use unlike other toys on the market. The woodwork is dyed with vegetable dyes and the wood used is Dhoodi wood (milkwood) which has a precise white color and is easy to carve.

Channapatna toys of Karnataka

The history of Channapatana toys dates back to the time of Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan encouraged the Persians to come to India to teach the craftsmen the art of making wooden toys. The father of Channapatana toys is Bavas Miyan, known for his lifelong commitment to helping local artisans in the art of toy making and for bringing new technology to toy making in Channapatana.

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