Kondapalli Toys are toys made of wood in the Kondapalli village of Krishna district, nearby Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. These toys are registered as one of the geographical indication handicrafts from Andhra Pradesh as per the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
This is a 400 yr old traditional art crafting. The artisans who craft these toys are known as Aryakhastriyas / Nakarshalu, who have their mention in the Brahmanda Purana. It is believed that they are migrated from Rajasthan during the 16th century to Kondapalli. Their origin is claimed to Muktharishi, a sage gifted with skills in arts and crafts by Lord Shiva.
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These colorful toys are made of a softwood called “Tella Poniki” which is found in nearby Kondapalli forests. Each part of the toy is engraved separately by hand. Then they are joined together using Makku (a paste prepared by mixing tamarind seed powder and sawdust). They are hand-painted later using only oil colors/watercolors/vegetable dyes depending on the type of the toy.
The toys are mainly produced based on Indian Mythology, Animals, birds, rural life, etc.
Kondapalli toys / Kondapalli bommalu are purely handcrafted from the hands of skilled artisans.
- Stock: In Stock
- Model: Gopika Krishna
- Dimensions: 10.00in x 0.00in x 0.00in
- SKU: KTGK01
- Location: Kondapalli village, Andhra Pradesh