Dolls, Toys & Games

Dolls, Toys & Games
In the words of toy historians Athelstan and Kathleen Spilhaus, "A toy's appeal lies in the form and shape, the beauty of line, the color and detail, the charm of miniaturization, and the humor of caricature. Some toys amuse use with their jerky antics; others add beauty to our lives with their grace and rhythm. Many do things we can't do in real life, thereby keeping us in touch with fantasy." Dolls, toys and games have been popular among children from time unknown. Toys and games had always fascinated children. Ancient children played with marbles, dice and stuffed dolls. Historically toys and games were hand made at home using tin, wood and cloth. Dolls, toys and games reflect the inventor’s imagination of the culture and time of creation. Some board games, chess and dolls have been popular for generations. Handcrafted toys and games are made of mud & clay, wood, coir, cane & bamboo, wire & metal and stuffed soft toys made of cloth, cotton and wool. They create an excellent employment opportunity for the rural artians globally.

Ganjifa is a very popular word and apart form India it is commonly known in Nepal, Arab countries, Turkey and Iran. Ganjifa signifies games related to playing cards and card games. Ganjifa today is...
Sawantwadi (once a princely state) is one of the places for traditional lacquerware craft and ganjifa playing cards. The fruits and vegetables carved from a light wood such as pangara and hale, are...
Kerala is known for its rich knowledge of ivory and wood crafting. The exquisitely carved figures of dancers, animals and birds display the extraordinary artistic skills of Kerala woodcraft. Among...
Wood carving is a very old art form. The walnut wood carving of Kashmir is famous world wide for its intricate designs. The artists produce many items for home d?cor, commercial articles etc. Dolls...
Toy-making is a widely practised craft in Pondicherry where different materials are used in their production. Shell toys consist of large individual shells or small ones stuck together to form an...
Dolls are the attraction for every age group. The artisans of Haryana share the rural image through their dolls. These dolls range from 6 inches to 32 inches. The dolls are designed in the utmost...
Andhra Pradesh is well known for the metal dolls that are chiefly made in bronze and copper. The solid cast moulds are made by giving several clay coatings, but with different clay each time, on the...
The handmade clay toys of Madhya Pradesh are generally cast in hollow shapes though solid figures are not uncommon. Animal figures like horses, elephants, dogs, lions, birds, deer and bulls fixed on...
Diverse religious influences are visible in the toys of Manipur which consist of beautiful dolls and toys of straw and clay. The most popular figure is the representations of Lord Krishna and of...
The horse and the rider toys of Darbhnga are very famous. Toys are composed of many different materials such as clay , mud, wood, cloth etc. The making of clay toys and images is done seasonally....
Burgarh in the Sambalpur district of Orissa is famous for its artistic wooden toys. The animal figures are richly carved and, at times, even carry riders. One of the most striking toys is that of a...
Local artists here make attractive saw dust toys which feature traditional themes and historical figures from Hindu epics. These are mainly made in Varigonda village in Nellore district and...
In the earlier days clay toys were the main attraction but with the awareness amonst the artists they have also started making toys out of papier machie. Kosapalayam, a village near Pondicherry is a...
Red sandal wood (red sanders or raktachandan), so called due to its rust-red hue, is used in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh to carve dolls. This wood is resistant to white ants and fire. The...
These sparkling dolls are made in Saharanpur and are filled with coloured liquid called panchkora. This art was initiated by the Mughals in India and had a good market in Europe. Firozabad is also a...
Stuffed toys are all time favorites and a good way of using waste material. Dhordo, Jamjunaria, Ahedabad are famous for stuff toy hangings. Tiny birds , animals, dolls and various other items are...
Toys in Assam are made in the most ethnic and the traditional way. Craftsmen of hills design cane and bamboo toys using their skilled hands and few local tools. Figures of Gods and Goddesses, animals...
These dolls which are sold in pairs are all times favorites and when they are dressed traditionally then nothing like it. Gwalior, in Madhya Pradesh makes rags dolls which are made in a very...
Traditionally Bengal was famous for the common craft dolls which were given to children but with the changing times the dolls and toys have changed its form and shape which has been greatly...
The Women folk of Chhatisgarh craft doll toys which are generally hollow and does not inolve use of any tools. Whistle toys resembling the period of Harappa and Mohenjodaro , are very popular amonst...
The craftsmen of this bamboo rich state have made indigenous toys using the most abundant resource of the state to include the bamboo pop gun. The pop gun releases a small pellet which is made of...
Tamil Nadu is famous for terracotta toys and the craft is flourishing in Chennai, Kanchipuram and parts of Arcot district. The craft has passed down from generation to generation and the artisans...
Dolls are always welcomed in any forms. The cloth and wire dolls of Karnataka are extremely traditional and a perfect piece of art by the local artists. These dolls covey the traditions of Karnataka...
Udaipur is a big centre for wooden toys. The craftsmen use the local wood ?doodhia? which is soft and can be finely chiselled and shaped. The toys are lacquered and polished with leaves of a...
West Bengal is famous for its clay toys. Clay toys are also made in Jainagar and Rajgarh and Krishnanagar in Nadia district and in Shantiniketan. The features of Krishnanagar toys is that they are...