Sawantwadi Toys

  • To mark the occasion of 151 years of postcards in India, Maharashtra Circle of India Post will release picture postcards on ‘Sawantwadi Toys‘ on October 1.
  • The postcard, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech about the country’s ability to become a “toy hub.
  • Inspired by the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Mann Ki Baat programme on August 31, a set of postcards on Traditional Toys of India is scheduled to be released online from nine states.
  • Sawantwadi toys refers to hand made works of art made of wood in Sawantwadi a town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, an Indian state.
  • Sawantwadi is considered to be India’s largest market for wooden models of fruits and wooden toys.
  • Most of these toys are made in the village of Kolgaon in Sawantwadi taluka, these toys are made from the wood of the Indian Coral tree (Erythrina variegata).
  • Craftsmen who make these toys belong to the Chittari community who came to Sawantwadi from Karwar and Goa.
  • It is reported that the makers of these toys face the challenge of competition from mass produced cheap Chinese products.

    SRC : PIB