Visit to Channapatna - the toy town of Karnataka and interaction with traditional toy makers who use their skill and ingenuity to churn out some of the most colourful toys in the world.
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Channapatna toys are a form of wooden toys (and dolls) that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna in the Bangalore Rural district of Karnataka state, India. This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication (GI) under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka. As a result of the popularity of these toys, Channapatna is known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka. Traditionally, the work involved lacquering the wood of the Wrightia tinctoria tree, colloquially called Aale mara (ivory-wood). The origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of wooden toys. Bavas Miyan is the father of Channapatna Toy. He is the one to sacrifice his life for channapatna toys. He adopted Japanese technology for toys making and help the local artisans improve their art. For nearly two centuries, ivory-wood was the main wood used in the making of these toys, though rosewood and sandalwood were also occasionally used. The craft has diversified over time; in addition to the traditional ivory-wood, other woods—including rubber, sycamore, cedar, pine and teak—are now used as well. Manufacturing stages include procuring the wood, seasoning the wood, cutting the wood into the desired shapes, pruning and carving the toys, applying the colours and finally polishing the finished product. Vegetable dyes are used in the colouring process to ensure that the toys and dolls are safe for use by children. More than 6,000 people in Channapatna, working in 254 home manufacturing units and 50 small factories, were engaged in the making of these toys. Channapatna Crafts Park is India’s first crafts park and is located at Channapatna in Karnataka, South India. The Park was established to help preserve, nurture and grow their skills by providing them with employment opportunities. This has been done through the provision of infrastructure and manufacturing facilities to exporters engaged in the production of wood craft lacquerware and natural fibre products synonymous with the region. The infrastructure and facilities of the Park are also available to Architects, Designers and Companies for crafting and manufacturing of wooden products and laquerware. Spread over 14 acres of land, the Park has a sophisticated Common Facility Service Centre with state-of-the-art wood working machines. Also being set up is a Common Facility Service Centre for natural fibre. Manufacturer-Exporters are establishing their individual manufacturing centers within the Park. Itinerary : Depart from hotel & drive to Channapatna. Upon reaching visit the Channapatna Toy Making Factory Interact with the workers. Visit the emporium for finished products. Return to Bangalore to your hotel Important Info The visit permit has to be taken in prior with all details of the visitor It is at the discretion of the Directors to allow visit to the factory Public is allowed to visit this crafts park only upon prior approval from the Directors. Photography & Videography is strictly prohibited Offering any business deals or money to the workers is restricted There will be no refund if this tour is cancelled by you after we have confirmed the booking.
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Transport for the tour from pick up until drop at hotel by AC Medium Car
02 bottles of 500 ml mineral water
English speaking guide during the whole tour
Permit to visit the factory
Any kind of purchase of the toys from the emporium or factory
Tips and Expenses of personal nature
Any kind of food item not mentioned in the inclusion
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Air Conditioned Medium Car