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In news: Etikoppaka Toy Craft


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Etikoppaka Toy

Mains level: NA


The Union conferred Padma Shri to Mr. Raju in the art category as an honour to the Etikoppaka wooden toy craft.

Etikoppaka Toys

  • Etikoppaka is a small village on the banks of Varaha River at a distance of 64 Kms away from the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The name Etikoppaka is synonymous with beautiful wooden artifacts and lacquer colours.
  • The toys are made with lacquer color and are traditionally known as Etikoppaka toys or Etikoppaka Bommalu.
  • The village is very famous for its toys made of wood. The toys are also called as lacquer toys because of application of lacquer coating.
  • Etikoppaka Toys have obtained their GI tag under the Handicrafts category in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

How are they made?

  • The toys are made out of wood and are coloured with natural dyes derived from seeds, lacquer, bark, roots and leaves.
  • The wood used to make the toys is soft in nature and the art of toy making is also known as Turned wood Lacquer craft.
  • While making the Etikoppaka toys, lac, a colourless resinous secretion of numerous insects, is used.
  • The already prepared vegetable dyes are further mixed to the lac, during the process of oxidation.
  • After this process, the end product obtained is rich and colored lacquer.
  • The lac dye is used for decorating the Etikoppaka toys, which are exported all over the world.


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