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Etikoppaka Toys

Traditional knowledge Documentation Etikoppaka Village, Andhra Pradesh, India

Etikoppaka

A village on the left bank of the Varaha River in Visakhapatnam district (also called Vizag) in Andhra Pradesh, India. Etikoppaka means, a group of houses on the river side. It is 65 km from Visakhapatnam. Etikoppaka has a population of around 12,000. More than 250 artisan families live in this village.

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Lacquer craft is the application of lacquer on wood in pleasing shades and colours to create a distinctive appeal. The beauty of this craft lies in painting the smooth wooden shapes, giving shining surfaces along with water proofing for protection of the wood. The process of making the wooden handicrafts is called Turned Wood Lacquered Craft (Tharini) and the wood is collected from the locally grown Ankudu tree.

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