The manufacturers of Channapatna toys are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 25 to 30% out of the nearly 200 plus units, functioning on a nominal basis owing to lack of demand for toys.
About ‘Channapatna toys’
- Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys (and dolls) that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna in the Ramanagara district of Karnataka state.
- This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication(GI).
- As a result of the popularity of these toys, Channapatna is known as Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka.
- According to most accounts, the manufacturing of toys in Channapatna goes back to at least 200 years.