Kondapalli toys get GI status

Hyderabad, Feb 9 | Updated: Feb 10 2007, 06:43am hrs
Kondapalli toys from Andhra Pradesh have received geographical indication (GI) status from the Union government. CII-Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Centre (APTDC), in collaboration with Lanco Institute of General Humanitarian Trust (LIGHT), has facilitated the filing of geographical indications of Kondapalli toy. This is the first hand-made toy from Andhra Pradesh to be granted a geographical indication. Anand & Anand, a law firm from Delhi, provided legal support for the entire activity. The certificate was issued by the Geographical Indication Registry, Chennai, which is under the Department of Industry Policy & Promotion, Government of India.

The GI application for Kondapalli toys was filed in the GI registry in November 2005 with an application number of 44 and in the respective classes of 16, 20, 27 and 28.

Kondapalli toys or Kondapalli Bommalu are delightful expressions of art of rich traditional value made of the wood of "Tella Poniki" also called white sander, found in the forests and hills adjoining Kondapalli village located about 20 km from Vijayawada in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The wood is then processed and carved in to the desired shape and size. Bahudara is a very important tool used in carving the toys. Vegetable and synthetic colours are used and the themes chosen are mostly rural life, mythological figures, animals and birds. Elephant Ambari, toddy tree and Dashaavatar are the most famous Kondapalli toys.

The team of CII-APTDC, LIGHT & Anand & Anand started working on the project in June 2005. A sensitisation programme was carried on to spread the awareness and importance of GI registration and protection among the artisans. LIGHT and the Kondapalli Wooden Toys Manufacturers Mutually Aided Purchase and Sales Cooperative Society came together to jointly file the GI application. The financial support was extended by the LIGHT trust which works for promoting the interests of the artisans and art.