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Channapatana Toys

Detailed information on the process of production of Karnataka ethnic toy of Channapatna town.

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Channapatana Toys

  1. 1. A CASE STUDY ON CHANNAPATNA TOYS Team Members: AKSHAY MALGI AKSHATA BALAGI DILEEP ANUSHA ABHISHEK SINGH AKSHAY HIREMATH
  2. 2. History 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%.
  3. 3. Demographics Presently, nearly 300 families from both Hindu and Muslim community are involved in this art of toy- making. 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.
  4. 4. 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 forest. Its extracted and powdered. Haragu + root powder = color Nearly 8 colors can be obtained. It is completely non-toxic.
  5. 5. Material Management: 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 off non-toxic.
  6. 6. Production Process: 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 ‘saw’ machine. 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.
  7. 7. 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 surface.
  8. 8. MALLET CHISEL
  9. 9. IVORY PINK IVORY
  10. 10. Lacquer Sticks
  11. 11. Rose wood Vegetables

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