Few words in our regional language bounce off the walls and make me utter fewer times. Kondapalli is one of those. Guess you would have pronounced at least twice like I did.Now moving on,toys are an indispensable part of our childhood days.

Kondapalli-Toys

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You could even make a quick list of how did the toys influence you and how significant they were in your early days. Toys were the scaffold to link the imaginary world to real world.

“Once upon a time in a village” is where I would like to begin this article though it is an age old inception of tales. Kondapalli would not bare its tale with such a spring. Kondapalli located in Andhra Pradesh which I would call as the land of kids toys as the artisans there go out on the limb confronting most other toys. Kondapalli is engraved with a history of the 16th century where it has Akshatriyas left Rajasthan.

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Making of kondapalli toys

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Kondapalli endures to be special as they are products  of human hands. This is why it is also called Hastakala.

Kondapali Toys Cutting

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These toys are made with soft wood which is the prominent raw material sourced from kondapalli hills knowns as Tella punki.

Kondpali toys

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The process of making toys is so delicate as the arms are made separately and legs, body part is cut with a single wood.In order to give a smooth finish the tamarind seeds cooked in a specific procedure is mixed with saw dust is used on toys.

Kondapalli toys

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Art of Color Making for kondapalli Toys
Kondapalli toys are so genuine as they are decorated with gold and silver foil strips. They use indigo for blue, turmeric for yellow and guess what they do for green? Certainly they mix those two colours to get green.The machine made.

Kondapalli toys

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The machine made toys may be cheaper, attractive but no way healthier. Kondapalli toys envisage the life, culture occupations of ancient Indians. Preserving our heritage and culture starts right from kids which each of us can truly do.

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