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Channapatna is a small town near Bangalore.

Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore, the present Karnataka State, was a great admirer of wooden toys. He invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of wooden toys. Rosewood and sandalwood were also occasionally used in making the toys, but the main wood used was ivory woods for almost two centuries. They also use teak, pine, rubber and cedar woods.

The Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation does their part by providing the artisans the necessary training and teaching them about the changing trends. The Government of Karnataka has also provided help by constructing a Lacquerware Craft Complex, which has a manufacturing centre with 32 turning lathe machines, at Channapatna

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