Located on the banks of River Varaha, the quaint village of Etikoppaka is widely renowned for its lacquer-coated wooden toys, traditionally known as Etikoppaka toys or Etikoppaka Bommalu. Creating attractive and colourful toys from wood has been a traditional art for the people of Etikoppaka, which has been practiced since before India became independent. The toys are made of wood and after the desired shape is achieved, they are coloured with natural dyes derived from seeds, lacquer, bark roots and leaves. A much softer wood is used to make these toys and the art of toy-making is also known as turned wood lacquer craft. The artists use a colourless resinous secretion of several insects, known as lac. The lac is mixed with dyes during the oxidation of the toys. This lac dye is used in decorating the toys. The toys of Etikoppaka are not only famous in India but are even exported to other countries of the world. These toys make for great decorative pieces and memorabilia to take back home as a reminder of your trip to Visakhapatnam.

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