Etikoppaka handicrafts are famous lacquer wooden toys made in a place Etikoppaka in Andhra Pradesh. It is a small village on the banks of river Varaha in Vishakapatnam District. The village is very famous for toys made of wood. Let’s know more about these lacquer toys in this article.
History of Etikoppaka Handicrafts
The local jamindars in the region recognized the possibility of making wooden toys much before independence and started encouraging it. In the olden days, for over centuries, etikoppaka handicrafts and toys were used in daily lives. Wooden bowls were famously part of the wedding collection where in women carried kunkum, turmeric, etc. in them. From everyday household uses to temples, they were used everywhere.
The toys are made with lacquer coating hence are also called lacquer toys. The wood that is used to make these toys is called ankudu wood. It is soft in nature and is perfect for carving into different shapes and designs. After the toys are made from this wood, they are colored with natural colors derived from seeds, lacquer, roots, bark and leaves. Lac, a colorless resinous substance secreted by insects is mixed with already prepared vegetable dyes to obtain lacquer. This is finally coated on the wooden toys for the smooth and shiny finish.
Importance of Etikoppaka Handicrafts
Over 200 artisans are involved in the art of making etikoppaka handicrafts and toys today. The specialty of these toys is that they are very rounded and barely have any sharp edges and are made from natural dyes. This makes them safe for children to play with. Etikoppaka toys received the global indication from the Indian government in 2017. They have been exported to all over the world and are receiving love worldwide.
Etikoppaka handicrafts and toys make great home decor as well. If you are looking for some outstanding pieces, find them here!