Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Toy Town

Between Banglore and Mysore lies the toy town of Chennapatna.
some memories I will share with all of you.It is said that these wooden toys are non-toxic and the paint used on them are lead free.All the items are very colourful.wikipedia says that the origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of wooden toys.ivory wood,rosewood,sandalwood are the varieties of wood used.

Going down the memory lane I had these wooden horse as a kid.how I wish I could have been here earlier so that I could have got it for my daughter!!


Chennapatna toys and showpieces..





wooden artifacts and cornerstools..




16 comments:

Patricia Torres said...

wow!! wow!! love this!! I've never heard of toy town.. but will surely keep this on my list of places to go to.. wow!

meg said...

Very interesting! Do visit this place in Maharashtra Sawantwadi for its Sawantwadi Crafts, famous for wooden toys, wooden fruits and vegetables.

Sangitha said...

hi patricia,
after each post i eagerly wait for comments and iam really glad that u have always responded.thanks for the encouragement.by road from Banglore to Mysore,the scenic view is really cool and once u reach Chennapatna all the roadside stores selling these wooden artifacts make the trip even more worthwhile.

Sangitha said...

Hi Meghana,
will keep Sawantwadi in mind.Chennapatna toys have now become popular worldwide.They are now exported in large scale.There are toy factories which u can visit in Chennapatna and get the actual feel of the whole process!!

Y Trip said...

Awesome blog.. just got a good look at it :)

Yogesh

Sangitha said...

hey Yogesh,
thanks,and hope to hear more often frm u!!

archana said...

Hi Sangitha:)

Just happened to be here tonight. Nice posts and pictures! I am glad to hear that the artisans have are aware about the effects of lead on children and that those toys are lead free. I will try and visit Chennapatna with Shalini some time.

Jim Long said...

Hi, I just found your blog by way of the Green Thumb blog (she also follows your blog). I'm fascinated by your postings. I visited the golden triangle area of India in 2000 and loved my visit and hope to come back again. If you want to check who I am, you can find me at http://jimlongsgarden.blogspot.com. Keep up the wonderful postings of beautiful things! Jim

Sangitha said...

Hi archana,
if possible do plan a trip to this place.u may even pick up some small gifts for ur ppl back home.iam sure they are going to love it!

Sangitha said...

Hey Jim long,
Thanks so much foe visiting!glad that u liked the postings.hope to see more of u!

Iniyaal said...

My sister and I chanced on a few stalls selling channapatna toys. From then we have been trying to get more information on chanapatna. Glad that I saw your blog now. Thanks for sharing :)

Sangitha said...

Hey iniyaal,
its purely my pleasure!keep visiting!

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

hi sangita.its nice to hear from you dear.nice to hear that you loved the arrangements at home,of the floating ones.keep following for more stories.the chennaptana story is of adifferent genre.i liked it.

purplehomes said...

Great blog...stumbled upon it just now...lovely stuff

Sangitha said...

Hey Purple Homes!
Thanks a ton for the lovely comment dear!Hope to see more of yoy here!

iyerviji said...

Dear Sangita

Just got an opportunity to go through your blogs today only. Your creations are superb.

Dear Sangita

I got an opportunity to visit Chennapatna because of your mother on our way to Bangalore. I also liked it very much.

Proud mother to have a talented daughter like you and me proud aunty to have a talented niece like you.

All the best

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