Channapatna Toys

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Channapatna toys have now become part of children’s academic activities in Afghanistan.

About Channapatna Toys

  • Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys and dolls that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka.
  • Channapatna is also known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town).
  • History:
    • The history of Channapatna toys can be traced back to Tipu Sultan’s reign as the former ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in the 18th century.
    • According to legend, Tipu Sultan was so impressed with the craftsmanship of Persian artisans that he invited them to train local craftsmen in toy-making.
    • This marked the beginning of the Channapatna toy industry, which has ever since flourished.
  • · Features:
    • Most of these toys are handmade using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation, ensuring that each piece is unique.
    • Traditionally, they are mostly made of Ivory Wood sourced from nearby forests. However, nowadays, sandalwood and mango wood are also used. 
    • They are also painted in organic colours extracted from vegetables and plants and natural dyes, making the Channapatna Toys 100% chemical-free. 
    • Their shapes are mostly round and cubes with blunt edges, so they are completely safe for kids.
  • They received the geographical indication (GI) tag in 2005.

Q1) What is the geographical indication (GI) tag?

It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. This is typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products. The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 seeks to provide for the registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India. This GI tag is valid for 10 years following which it can be renewed.

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