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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pajaran (52106) 2014-06-08 2:04
Interesantan tekst o Etikoppaka i majstorima koji obradjuju drvo, lep pogled na radionicu i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana radionica i majstor koji radi obradu drveta.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Interesantna radionica sa starim radio aparatom i modernim mobilnim telefonom.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
An interesting article about Etikoppaka and craftsmen who work the wood, a nice view of the workshop and the second ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated workshops and master that does woodworking.
Good work, nice captured moment, beautiful colors.
An interesting workshop with old radios and modern mobile phones.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Sergiom (60180) 2014-06-08 4:39
J'aime beaucoup cette scène de la vie quotidienne chez ce travailleur du bois. Il faut bien avouer que son équipement est très rudimentaire, mais cela semble faire le travail.
Nicou (122146) 2014-06-08 7:21
quelle scène et iamge sueprbe quel rendu dans les tons avec le rouge qui ressort et cet artisan au travail comme assis très souple c'est sueprbe quelle ensemble et vue.
Noel_Byrne (24349) 2014-06-08 8:02
An excellent informative and educational note, really well written. I love to learn about such things, and you have posted this with a superb accompanying image to show the master craftsman hard at work. Nice that some examples of his work like scattered around, their vivid colors being very eye catching among the wood shavings. Original and fascinating post, thank you again.
mesutilgim (84442) 2014-06-08 11:42
Nice capture of this toy maker fully concentrated in his metier.Many interesting details.
TFS and best regards
Fis2 (85599) 2014-06-08 12:11
Interesting scene from daily life.
Excellent reportage shot.
I like frame and colors.
Very impresive picture!
Royaldevon (29649) 2014-06-08 13:04
It is refreshing to know that such traditional occupations and methods are still being used. As you say, these materials are safe, even for the smallest hands!
The artisan is well placed and acts as a guide to the tools and the materials. WE have good details of his occupation.
Sadly, the w/s is not live, so we cannot see the finished product, which would have been equally interesting.
My warm regards,
ourania (31137) 2014-06-09 11:05
a capture that's very natural and straightforward and really interesting due to the abundant information it contains. There's much to study in this workshop about the procedure of the craftwork, and the working conditions. In spite of your closeness, the craftsman is concentrated on his work, the elevated point of view is comprehensive and doesn't disturb him. The lighting, the colours and the textures are absolutely natural too. Since you have access to places like this, I believe you could try more artistic compositions too. I hope this interests you and the craftsmen give their consent:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
abmdsudi (43594) 2014-06-09 20:02
Artist at work! Really like the juxtaposition timely taken and the way you caught his intense concentration and the end results. It's an attractive daily life shot which could be in decisive moment as well. A fine shot with the vivid colour to click the eye, Well done.
imageme (1761) 2014-06-11 16:32
Hi Satya, This close up shot of the toy maker is really wonderfully taken with nice POV. You have captured his expression well and he is only interested in fabricating the toys and nothing else. Great light and colours with amazing details and clarity. Warm regards
emka (79016) 2014-06-11 22:25
Hello Satya, So many interesting details here. Haha, the old radio with casettes recorder, the young generation probably do not know what it is. And mobile , of course, always handy. And always interesting to see the man at work. I like it.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Didi (56915) 2014-06-20 8:41
Interesting local scene
The worker is concentrated to his job
Very interesting details
cornejo (31579) 2014-06-25 5:05
Hi Satya, I like this good picture of this artisan making toys, very well composed and captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, good light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Cricri (106371) 2014-06-27 8:48
Belle présentation de cet artisan en plein travail, beaucoup de choses a voir, certaines en couleurs, d'autres naturel, belle et intéressante scène de vie
Miguel82 (23461) 2014-08-12 9:29
Superb report about a craftsman making toys with wood Sathya, a precise and difficult artwork I guess, good pov and resolution, regards