Wooden Toys of Kondapally, Andhra Pradesh

Wooden Toys of Kondapally, Andhra Pradesh


The fame of wooden dolls and toys of Kondapally is spread all over Andhra Pradesh. Stylised in form and colour, they are crafted by artisans known as arya kshatriyas. Using a soft wood called poniki, the themes crafted include everyday scenes from village life, figures of deities including the dasha avataras (ten divine manifestations of Vishnu), birds and animals. The figures are extremely well formed and are sometimes made in large sizes also. The style is realistic and great attention is given to the smallest detail. The painted faces are expressive and each figure has a distinct identity and beauty.

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