An artisan’s joy,
created by thine own hands,
a wooden thingamajig,
‘then’ the pride of our lands,

lies ‘pristine’ over another thingamajig
which lies over another, and another, to form
a gargantuan mass collecting gossamer dust,
in a claustrophobic room.

No little hands will turn them over,
prod them in the back,
paint them like it is Holi, or
drag them around
until they are ragged.

The gargantuan mass collecting gossamer dust gathers more dust.

The artisan looks away.
His son works in software.
Your son plays with plastic toys labeled ‘Made in China’.

©Namratha Varadharajan

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Inspiration: Channapatna Toys

Channapatna toys

Channapatna is a small town in Karnataka which is famous for making unique wooden toys for more than two centuries. However, the future of this craft like many others in India is bleak. A couple of years back, we realized that most of the toy shops house only foreign-made goods and primarily made of plastic. These toys are a great alternative, especially since a number of companies are trying to reinvent them and also make them available online.

Varnam started by Karthik Vaidyanathan sells many award-winning re-invented wooden toys. It is particularly worth noting that their products are 100% eco-friendly and use only natural dyes. Head over here to find out why you should buy from them. They sell their products online as well as in a couple of stores in Bangalore.

In the course of my research, I also found that you can now buy Channapatna toys in multiple shops online.

For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.


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12 thoughts on “Handmade: Inspired By Channapatna Toys #AtoZChallenge #BlogChatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

  • April 10, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I am absolutely in love with your poetry and how well you’re able to weave in the message. So. Beautiful.

    • April 11, 2018 at 12:17 am

      Thank you suchita:) Happy you loved it:)

  • April 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Such beautiful arts are dying. We really need to encourage such artists, and appreciate their art.

  • April 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Superb! I remember having a few wooden toys years ago but I dont know if they were from Chennapatna.. And yes, chinese goods have invaded our lives isn’it?

  • April 9, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Wow.. this is amazing news.. the art and craft of yesteryears are indeed dying a slow death and need renovation and promotion…. I really like your theme.. writing for a purpose ..

  • April 9, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Handmade is my favourite and I remember playing with these tops when I was a girl. Lovely pome.

  • April 9, 2018 at 6:45 am

    ChannapatnaToys are beautiful. The poetry evokes the same beauty. I have played with them in my childhood. There has to be great effort to bring joy to the makers too. There are also “kondapalli” toys from Andhra Pradesh too that are also so pretty. Have you seen them?

  • April 9, 2018 at 1:41 am


    Poetry isn’t my forte but I admire those such as yourself gifted at bringing words together in a playful way such as in your poem. I know how you feel about quality toys losing place in the market and industry going to mass produced China imported goods. When our children were small, every time we found beautiful heritage quality wooden tools from old USA manufactures we scooped them up for fear they would disappear. We managed to hold on to some of these pieces with the hope of passing them onto our grandkids one day. It’s sad to see that y’all are experiencing the same issues. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by for a visit my A2Z Creating iPad Art Sketches ‘Fairy’ post. Have a good week and happy A2Zing!


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