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Etikoppaka is a small village with a population of around 12000, situated at a distance of about 65 km South of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, India. While the main occupation of the people of Etikoppaka is farming, more than 200 people of the village are artisans. Their livelihood revolves round manufacturing of distinctive toys, artifacts, curios and novelties from wood and lacquer called Etikoppaka products.

These artefacts are made of wood and coloured with natural dyes harvested from roots, leaves, fruit, seeds, bark and lacquer. The wood generally used is soft ‘White Ivory’ (Wrightia tinctoria) and has a very fine grain. Women and children gather the wood from nearby hills of the Eastern Ghats and leave it to dry in their courtyards for seasoning. This being a cottage industry, each artisan works in his own little hut, still using the primitive tools that his forefathers had used. They are rich in colour and are a feast to the eyes. No synthetic dyes or material are used in these products in any form thus making them safe even for babies.

The process of making these wooden handicrafts is known as Turned Wood Lacquer Craft; or ‘Tharini’. Lac is a colourless resinous secretion of a number of species of insects. Vegetable dyes are introduced to the lac through the process of oxidation. The end product of this process is the richly coloured lacquer.

I have added as a Workshop a photo of one such artefact.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 228 W: 1 N: 492] (3361)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-16
  • Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-06-08 1:50
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