A CASE STUDY ON
Different narratives of the origin of the art.
Tippu sultan period.
Earlier, about 100-120 years ago channapatna was
famous for making strings of veena. Later on toy
making was started. The abundant availability of
‘aalemara’ (pala indigo)-Wrightia Tintoria tree in the
surroundings of channapatna is the reason why
people started toy making here.
There are few places like Nilasandra, Saidawadi
around Channapatna who also started making toys.
Compared to 100 years ago, now the work of toy
making is increased by 200%.
Presently, nearly 300 families from both Hindu and
Muslim community are involved in this art of toy-
These families are involved with toy making
because they don’t think it is good enough to live
with meager earning of 300-400 rupees/day.
Because it’s a daily wage work, the workers are
prone to discontinue the work.
Only 20-25% families would like to continue with
art. According to 1981 census, around 60% of
population were artisans.
Sources of raw material:
Sourced – bought from a place called Gondya, MP.
A liquid called “haragu” – made out of a dung of a
certain insect - found in roots of trees in those
Its extracted and powdered.
Haragu + root powder = color
Nearly 8 colors can be obtained. It is completely
In the ‘wood room’, the wood is stacked according
to the thickness.
It is left in the wood room to season it.
After a period of time, in the same room, it is cut
into smaller pieces.
Here, nothing goes to waste as:-
i) the smaller pieces are used as fire wood
and ii) saw dust is used to make incense sticks.
Saw dust is not treated chemically, hence it comes
Mallet (a hammer with large-wooden head) is used
to beat the work piece to the desired form.
Piece is cut into various forms using mechanized
Work piece is then ‘turned’ on the lathe machine,
using tools to curve the surface.
Cuts and incisions (precise cuttings) are made on
surface using chisels.
Production Process ….
Sand paper is used to smoothen and file the
surface for ‘sleek’ finish (smooth and glossy)
Surface is smoothened for the process of coloring
using ‘taale-gari’ dry leaf.
The colored lacquer sticks [this looks like wax,
where the heat melts the color and then the heat
generated due to friction helps in sticking the color
on to it] are used to impart to the work piece.
Vegetable dyes are used to manufacture various
attractive colors/lacquer sticks.
Heat melts the colored lacquer sticks on the