Handcrafted Etikoppaka Toys | desiauthentic.com

If you think that a part of DesiAuthentic’s duty is to acquaint you with unknown wonders of the world, you would be absolutely correct. Today, we have yet another lost piece of history that we have chosen to narrate the stories of. Welcome to Etikoppaka. It is a small village located on the banks of the river Varaha in Vishakhapatnam, a coastal district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The town Etikoppaka is renowned for its craft – the art of making lacquer-coated wooden toys which are known popularly as Etikoppaka toys or traditionally as ‘Etikopakka Bommalu’.

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Handcrafted Etikoppaka Toys | desiauthentic.com

If you think that a part of DesiAuthentic’s duty is to acquaint you with unknown wonders of the world, you would be absolutely correct. Today, we have yet another lost piece of history that we have chosen to narrate the stories of. Welcome to Etikoppaka. It is a small village located on the banks of the river Varaha in Vishakhapatnam, a coastal district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The town Etikoppaka is renowned for its craft – the art of making lacquer-coated wooden toys which are known popularly as Etikoppaka toys or traditionally as ‘Etikopakka Bommalu’.

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HANDCRAFTED ETIKOPPAKA TOYS | desiauthentic.com

The culture of making colourful, picturesque toys from wood has been an integral part of the village’s tradition since the colonial era. Wood that is used in making these toys is locally sourced from a tree called ‘Ankudu’. A speciality of this tree is that the bark is extremely light, making it easy to chop and chisel. The bark makes for brilliant firewood and of course, the art of Etikoppaka.

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