The Craft Safari expedition to Channapatna:Channapatna (Kannada: ಚನ್ನಪಟ್ಟಣ) is a small city located 60 km south-west of Bangalore, India on Bangalore-Mysore state highway. The city is famous for its wooden toys and lacquerware. In the native language (kannada), Channapatna is also called as “goMbegaLa ooru” meaning toys town in English.The handicraft work involves lacquering the wood of ‘Wrightia tinctoria tree also known as ‘Aale mara’. 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 making wooden toys.The “Varnam” collection now availiable.

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