Channapatana, a rural village located in the outskirts of Bangalore, Karnataka is also known as ‘Gombegala Ooru’ or the toy-town of Karnataka. The origins of this toy can be traced to the era of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore who is believed to have been a great admirer of wooden toys. Artisans practicing this art form have preserved the traditional method of making these toys for over two centuries. They use the only ivory word to make the toys but have slowly started to include other woods such as teak, pine, rubber and cedar wood. The locally found wood is colored with organic colors such as yellow from turmeric, blue from indigo and red from vermillion. Artisans use a locally available cactus life as file and each piece is hand made and ensured there are no sharp edges. The lacquer finish provides the end product with a sheen and luster that enhances the colors on the toys. Such qualities have made the Channapatna toys ideal for kids and the product range is diversifying into utilitarian products and jewelry.