Kondapalli Bommalu – Bommalu means toys in telugu. Kondapalli is a village near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh,India. Hence these toys are named after the village, Kondapalli Bommalu. These toys are used for Bommalakoluvu during Sankranti and Navrathri.
Artisans known as ‘Aryakshatriyas’ who make these toys are said to have migrated from Rajasthan several generations ago. It is believed that these artisans migrated from Rajasthan to Kondapalli around 16th century bringing with them the art of crafting toys. This 400-year old tradition has passed on from one generation to another generation with everyone taking part in the toy-making activity in ‘Toy Colony’ of Kondapalli.
Kondapalli toys are made with locally available special light softwood locally known as Tella Poniki and painted with vegetable dyes, and vibrant enamel colours are popular for their beautiful artistic work.
Types Of Toys:
The most popular toys are Dasavatarams, Elephant Ambari, Bullock Cart, Geethopadesam, Palanquin-bearers carrying the bride and bridegroom, Toddy tapper, set of village craftsmen, scenes which depict forgotten village culture..
Interesting article which shows pics of making Kondapalli Bommalu:
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