Handcrafted wooden toy from Banaras. Hand-painted with waterproof oil paint by Devendra Singh from Banaras. Good play item for kids and nice for gifting or house decoration.
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The wooden toy-making is a traditional craft in the Banaras (Varanasi) district of Uttar Pradesh. Bright and colourful toys are made by clusters of skilled craftsmen. At first wooden logs are sourced from nearby areas and cut them according to the size of the toy. Each piece is heated slowly to remove all the moisture from the wood. The piece is sanded in order to smoothen its surface. The wood is either hand-carved or shaped using lathe. Lathe is preferred for toys that are axially symmetric. In hand-carving, first the design of the toy is drawn on the wood. Then, the wood is sculpted with chisel and hammer according to the design. Once shaped, the surface of the toy is smoothened using a file and the toy is sent for painting then toys are given several coats of paint,