Beautiful Toys – EtiKoppaka Toys from AP, India | The manufacturing process of EtiKoppaka Toys without Chemicals

May 7th, 2010| News.

Beautiful Toys – EtiKoppaka Toys from AP, India | The manufacturing process of EtiKoppaka Toys without Chemicals

EtiKoppaka Toys are very famous all over the world and they had their origin in the Vizag city. It is not only famous for the toys but many products are made of this material like the decorative articles, jewellery, bangles and so on. The toys which are made of beautiful colors and designs are been given as the key chains to the software employees.  And many companies used to give them as remembrance and awards to the employees. There is a great demand for these products in the foreign countries. Around 12 companies are making the sales of around Rs.25 lakhs in different places and areas like Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Rajasthan and so on.

Around 100 years back, the artists from Nakkapalli of Vizag district have migrated to Yetikoppaka. The reason for this migration is the raw material called the Ankudu karra is available in bulk in this place. The Naayi Brahmins used to prepare the kumkum bowls of that material and later on it has increased to the making of the home- made articles. Their greatness had passed all over the world and at present, there is a great demand in the international level for these products. At present, around 180 workers in Yetikoppaka place are having their livelihood from the making of these products. The main reason for this demand for these products is they are made of a special material called Lakka.

The manufacturing process of EtiKoppaka Toys without Chemicals

These toys are made of the natural colors in the beginning. Later on the workers used to add the chemical colors to the toys and as there is no demand and permission from the foreign countries in the year 1988, they again shifted to the natural colors, which are chemical free. The colors are made of the natural available products like Jaajikaya, Jafra, Turmeric, and Indigo and so on. Red and orange colors from jafra, yellow from turmeric, black from karakkaya, and green from Indigo are produced. These colors are mixed with the lakka and are used for the toys. Each worker can design around 10 to 15 bangles a day and they costs Rs.15 to 20 each. The train toy which is having three compartments is Rs.50. the rings that are been exported to the foreign countries are made 20 per day by the workers and costs Rs.3 to 6. The attractive cell stands are Rs.30 each.

The Padmavathi Associates had started exporting these toys to the foreign countries from the year 1993 after getting the approval form from the UNESCO. Around 30 lakhs of sale is been done all over the country along with the sales in the countries like America, Canada and Australia. The tabletops are been exported to Australia. As there is no permission for the usage of the Ankudu karra from the forest department the sales are limited to the country level from the year 2006.

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