The most enchanting part of Indian handicrafts lies
in the world of its children. India has a glorious tradition
in toys. The excavations from Harappa and Mohenjodaro
have thrown up a magnificient profusion of clay toys.
A large variety of materials is used for the manufacture
of toys and dolls. Red-wood, cow dung, papier mache,
paper are some of them.
Clay toys are made in almost all the states in folk
style. Some are closely connected with seasonal religious
Almost every region of India is renowned for its distinctive
tradition of toys. One of the oldest and most popular
media for toys has been that of painted and laquered
wood. In Bihar, the entire story of Shyama Chak festival
is related through clay images. Specially carved red
wood toys are made at the pilgrimage centre of Tirupati
in Andhra Pradesh.
All traditional toys, material no bar, are made, carry
a deep stamp of true Indian characteristics.