Sunday, July 26th, 2009 | Author:

One relatively less known and less advertised aspect of Indian art is Toys. We are talking about toys as an object of art. Like in many other segments, India always had a wonderful culture of toys. Brilliant clay toys have been found in excavation at Harappa and Mohenjodaro. This is not one-off case. In fact, huge number of clay toys has been found at several; excavations done by archeologist. The research says that, these toys have been made using a large variety of materials. Some of them are clay, cow dung, paper, red wood and papier-mache. Toys and dolls are gift of folk tradition followed in many parts of the country.


It is a prevalent tradition to make toys during religious festivals. Many state tribes celebrate the arrival of new seasons and memorable occasions with variety of dolls and toys. The beauty of this tradition is variety one gets. One can find different fascinating style of toys incorporated in the traditional aspect of states. Medium like lacquered wood with prints is one of the oldest in toys culture. The most famous pilgrimage place in India, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is hub of specially carved red wood toys. These toys are known as Tirupati dolls. Similarly, the state of Bihar is famous for clay images demonstrated in Shyama Chak festival.


Southern state of Andhra Pradesh is famous for leather puppets. Usage of vegetable dyes is quite evident in five feet high and attractively painted puppets. In the North-Eastern state of Assam, the culture of toys is in existence since many centuries. The unique point about this culture is usage of Indian cork. Fabric and old clothes are used in Rajasthani art of toys. The toys making is categorized in Indian craft segment.

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