Legacy of Channapatna Toys

Gombegala ooru, also known as Channapatna, is a toy town, manufacturing wooden lacquered toys for children, for many generations now. Located 70kms from Bengaluru, Karnataka, it is a trip down memory lane for many of us.

For a sensorial experience of this culture of toy making, one must explore by foot or catch a local rickshaw. Lanes and lanes of shops selling handmade lacqured toys for children will leave one spellbound at its variety and beauty.

Lacquer coating is a technique used by these artisans, where vegetable dyes, which are inherently non-toxic are applied on toys to give it a colourful visual appeal, which is incidently the usp of these toys! Unlike the influx of its Chinese counterpart in the market, an original lacquered Channapatna toy is handmade from soft Ivory wood or hale mara that is a local tree.

Bring your children along for a factory visit, where they can experience the various methods and tools used to create these beautiful toys by hand and bring home a legacy!

What Customers Say About Us

The stacking tower has a beautiful finish and slips into the stand easily. The colours are pleasant and my year old son enjoys playing with the tower.

Karthik

It is heartening to witness the art of making channapatna toys, taken to a wider audience with an innovative mix of Montessori and lacquerwer methods. The ring rattle, especially, is a winner. It is so pleasent, it keeps my infant daughter engaged for an hour!

Muktha K

Janma toys is among the first few brands introducing us to wooden toys for babies. We purchased the bell rattle and were happy to see our daughter engaged with it for quite a while. The finishing is soft. Our 2 year old is busy with the nesting tower, using that in more ways than just stacking. We are happy customers that have gifted some to our friends as well.

Nakshatra

The geometric vehicles set was purchased for our 2 year old who went into her imaginary world. Our older child used this with his blocks and created stories and scenes! The quality is excellent and the finish is smooth. The design is different from the regular vehicles we see in kiddie shops. Resonably priced that is sold as a set. We are gifting this to our little nephew who is on his way to India.

Revati Rao