Why in news? Rajya Sabha member, from Karnataka, raised concerns about the Channapatna toy industry and its artisans, and urged the Centre to develop a ‘Crafts Village’ on the lines of ‘Delhi Haat’ on the upcoming Bengaluru – Mysuru ten-lane expressway
- Several bypasses and flyovers along the expressway, travellers will skip towns like Channapatna, the ‘land of toys’ famous for its hand-crafted wooden toys and handicrafts, and Bidadi, Ramanagaram and Maddur are popular for their local cuisines.
About Craft Village
- It is an enterprise of the Union Textiles Ministry with the aim of ‘Linking Textile with Tourism’.
- The concept of a crafts village emerged to serve the purpose of gathering most of the craft specimens and craftsmen under one roof.
- At a craft village, one can get up close and personal with the artisans as they create their wares right in front of eyes.
- The infrastructure and atmosphere of a crafts village are also designed in the style of a village to give visitors a sense of rural life in India.
- Crafts village also functions as a market, as you can purchase artefacts at lower prices than in the general market.
- These craft huts serve multiple functions from a single platform.
Eight craft townlets are established under the project
- Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
- Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)
- Taj Ganj (Uttar Pradesh)
- Amer (Rajasthan)
- Vadaj (Gujarat)
- Naini (Uttar Pradesh)
- Raghurajpur (Odisha)
- Anegundi (Karnataka).
- Concentrated on re-building the artistically innovative steps put forward the enthusiastic mind interconnected with the cultural industriousness.
- Encourage the concept of social inclusion.
- Cultural diversity and multiplicity can be promoted on a large scale and the focus should be given to mortal evolution.
- Human development is the most important goal of the craft village scheme.
- The Crafts Village scheme seeks to design handicrafts as an endurable livelihood opportunity for crafters in the tussocks.
- It strives to encourage craftwork and tourism by delivering infrastructure auspices to handicraft collections
- Helps in the promotion of village development
- Particular form of wooden toys and dolls
- Location : Town of Channapatna in the Ramanagara district
- Protected GI under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka.
- Channapatna is known as the Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka.
- Material used: Traditional ivory-wood, other woods—including rubber, sycamore, cedar, pine and teak—are now used as well.
- History : Traced to patronage from Tipu Sultan
- In 2022, Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna – Bangalore City railway station set up a dedicated stall for the toys as a pilot study.