Kondapalli toys are made from the wood of the “tella poniki” tree (White Sander; botanical name Jiuotia rotteri fromis) found in the forests of the Kondapalli and Gangineni areas in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The wood is nature’s gift to this geographical region. Kondapalli is famous for its wooden toys painted in vibrant hues obtained from natural dyes and colours. These dyes and colours are prepared from locally available materials such as the extracts of plants like karakkai, moduga, etc. The theme of Kondapalli toys falls in three distinct categories.
Ÿ Animals and birds
Ÿ Male and female figures depicting rural life
Ÿ Mythological figures