Etikoppaka products are famous for their Natural colors.There are specific procedures for preparing different dyes.

These products are completely Eco friendly and child safe.

Etikoppaka is located on the banks of the River Varaha.The village  (named after Koppa Raja Narayana of Yelamanchili Chalukya dynasty (1300-1600AD), is famous for two things.

The first ever cooperative sugar factory in the country.

The second, the lac industry.

Etikoppaka is 100 km away from Visakhapatnam 20 kms to the south of Yellamanchili.

The word ‘lac’ has its origin in the Sanskrit word “laksha,” so called, as the lac resin is obtained from the secretions of countless lac-insects.

The Etikoppaka toy making industry has its origin in Nakkapalli, a village next to Koppaka which originally bore the name ‘Laccapalli’.Etikoppaka Toys and Handicrafts are made with wood Ankudu karra (Wrightia tinctoria) and lacquer color and are traditionally know as Etikoppaka Toys or Etikoppaka Handicrafts.

Etikoppaka products are famous for their Natural colors.There are specific procedures for preparing different dyes.

The raw material derived from different parts of various trees or plants is powdered and boiled to form a thick solution till it starts producing lather. The concentrates are then filtered.

The colours and shades depend on various factors such as the temperature at which it is boiled, duration of boiling, quantities of water and raw material boiled.

For instance, to prepare a concentrate of red or orange, one kg seeds of Bixa orenella are mixed with two liters of water and boiled on a small domestic stove for twenty to thirty minutes.

The concentrate is cooled and filtered to mix with lacquer. However, some colours have complex and systematic processes of preparing the concentrate.

The commonly used natural dyes are mostly prepared from local resources. Locally available leaf, bark, seeds, flowers, and skin of fruits are used in preparation of the dyes. Some artisans also procure from Chennai and Bangalore.

The following colours are obtained naturally from the materials mentioned below:

Anar – yellow

Kattha – Brown

Annatto seeds – Yellow

Chavalakundi – Pink

Indigo– Green

Indigo Crystals – Indigo Blue

Kasim – Black

Lacquering is done on the lathe, hand or machine operated. For making slender and delicate items, the hand lathe is considered suitable.

Dry lac is pressed against the item to be lacquered, while it is on the lathe. The friction-generated heat melts the lac.It speaks of the skill of the craftsman that he uses different colors and yet manages to get a uniform shine on them.

Etikoppaka toys are well known for lord Ganesha, Lord Balaji, Mother and child, utility items, children’s kitchen sets, candle holders, kumkuma boxses, storage boxes, small tops, ear rings and Table lampls.

These Etikoppaka toys are user friendly as well eco friendly.

kids can play with the Etikoppaka toys as the colors used in it does not contain any harmful colors or chemicals and completely child safe.

All the toys are made up of natural color and dyes are used in it.

The making of the toys are traditionally followed since years and years.

The wood used to make Etikoppaka products are soft in nature. The natural dyes such as from seeds, lacquer, bark, roots and leaves.

The process of making the Etikoppaka wooden toys is known as the Turned wood Lacquer craft.

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