Known for lacquerware and wooden toys, Channapatna is famously called 'Gombegala Ooru', which means town of toys. Made of aale mara or ivory wood, which is coloured with vegetable dyes, these environment-friendly toys line the streets of the town. The country's first crafts park is also located here, with a cluster of around 3,000 artisans involved in lacquerware production. Historically, Channapatna owes its toy-making legacy to warrior king Tipu Sultan, who encouraged Persian craftsmen to come down to India and teach the locals this skill. However, it was Bavas Miyan who took it upon himself to introduce the artisans to new technologies, thus allowing them to optimise the production process. From dolls, horses to mathematical puzzles, one can buy a variety of toys from here.

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