HAND CRAFTED TOYS (KONDAPALLI BOMMALU)
Kondapalli is small village in Andhra Pradesh, with a 400 year old tradition of crafting toys. The artisans who make the toys are known as Nakarshalu and claim their origin to Muktharishi, a sage endowed with skills in arts and crafts by Lord Shiva.
The toys are made from a sustainable source of soft wood known as Tella Poniki found near Kondapalli. Each piece of the toy is carved out by hand, then a paste of tamarind seed powder & sawdust is used to join pieces together and finished with vegetable dyes or enamel paint based on the type of the toys. The artisans mainly work on producing figures of mythology, animals, birds, bullock carts, rural life.
Dashavatar - 10 Avatars of Vishnu
Matsya; Kurma; Varaha; Narasimha; Vamana; Parashurama; Rama; Krishna; Buddha and Kalki.
The concept of Dashavataras is reflective of modern Darwinian evolution; as a description of the evolution of mankind and consciousness.
Nandi - The Kumkuma Barini