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.

Coir craft of Orissa is mainly practised at Sakhigopal, Puri, Pipli, Bhubaneswar Batamangala and Kendrapara. The local artists collect the fine and the rough coir from the local coastal areas for the...
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...