Unveil the timeless grace of Shri Tirupati Balaji with our handcrafted idol from Etikopaka, Andhra Pradesh. Meticulously made and adorned with natural colors, this masterpiece captures the essence of divine charm.
Etikoppaka toys, also known as Etikoppakka bommalu, trace their roots back to the quaint village of Etikoppaka in Andhra Pradesh, India. This traditional craft has been practiced for centuries, with skilled artisans passing down their expertise from one generation to the next. The village’s unique geographical location, surrounded by lush forests and abundant natural resources, provides an ideal setting for the creation of these captivating wooden toys.
Crafting Etikoppaka toys involves a labor-intensive yet intricate process that showcases the artisans’ remarkable skills and precision. The process begins with the selection of Ankudu wood, a locally available softwood known for its ease of handling and smooth texture. The wood is carefully seasoned to attain the optimal moisture content, ensuring the toys’ longevity.
Using a traditional lathe machine and an array of specialized hand tools, the artisans skillfully shape the wood into various forms, including animals, birds, dolls, and miniature household items. This stage requires a keen eye and steady hands to achieve the desired shapes and dimensions.
What sets Etikoppaka toys apart is their vibrant and alluring colors, which are derived from natural dyes sourced from seeds, roots, and leaves of indigenous plants. These eco-friendly and non-toxic colors not only add to the toys’ visual appeal but also make them safe for children to play with.
The uniqueness of Etikoppaka toys lies in the intricate designs that adorn their surfaces. Artisans display their creativity and artistic finesse by etching fine patterns and motifs onto the wooden canvas using specially crafted knives and chisels. Each toy becomes a testament to the artisan’s dedication and passion for preserving this traditional craft.
Over the years, several initiatives have been undertaken to promote and preserve the art of crafting Etikoppaka toys. Various government and non-governmental organizations have extended support to the artisans, providing them with access to better tools, training, and marketing opportunities.
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