Wednesday, 12 December 2012

channapatna/chennapatna toys - ethnic wooden toys from india.

if you are one of the (3 or 4) regular readers of this blog, you probably realised i didnt post this week's mundane monday picture.

i had been travelling over the weekend and monday, and didnt quite have the time to squeeze in a post or prepare it in advance.

i was on a frenzied visit to Bangalore, and the agenda of the trip was such that i was on the road for most part of sunday and monday.

by dinner time on sunday evening we were in the vicinity of one of the many malls in bangalore, and decided to just hop into the food court to grab some dinner. tucked away in a corner of the mall were a few stalls that were selling ethnic indian artifacts and crafts. one of these had a bright display of channapatna toys that enticed me to stop in my tracks before dinner.

Channapatna is a small town about 60 kms from the south indian town of bangalore and is home to a wooden toy & doll making industry. the wooden toys are brightly coloured with natural vegetable dyes and their glossy finish is a treat for the eyes. there were tops, rattles, trains and lots of other toys, as well as stuff like beautiful wooden bangles...

i just picked up a couple of pieces quickly... sometime in the future hopefully i should make a trip to channapatna to see them at their source !

here are some pictures for you to enjoy the cheerful burst of colour ...

channapatna toys, tops, wooden toys
  brightly coloured spinning tops - ( and you still think beyblades are cool ? :) )

chennapatna, channapatna, wooden toys, ethnic toys,dolls     

rows of baskets filled with toys... 

channapatna dolls, eco friendly toys, wooden toys, ethnic art
angry elephant - or is he more of a surprised elephant ?!

chennapatna channapatna toys, indian crafts, ethnic wooden dolls
for those of you who thought he had just looks - thats the cutest pencil sharpener i've seen in a long time !

and a train of not-so-happy looking people - maybe they tried booking tickets in the irctc site !


  1. India is all about colours... so nice they are.

    1. thats true... every region of india has something unique to offer...

  2. The comments go very well with the photos!

    There is a reason for the elephant to be angry- if they use him as pencil sharpener- when he has potential to do much more than that!
    Especially the not so happy people - booked ticket thro'IRCTC site...I am one among them!

    The post is very colorful with colorful photos!

    1. thank you so much for your visit and nice comment, mami...

      the riot of colour was so irresistible that i simply had to take pictures, shedding my inhibitions about ppl in the shop watching me !

      i am one among irctc's not-so-happy people too :) dont know why they havent taken any effort to improve the quality of the site...



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