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’.
Inspiration: 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.
“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”