Wooden Puppets

 Crafts people from Andhra Pradesh

These wooden puppets are from Andhra Pradesh. The range of wooden crafted products in Chittoor consists of idols, carved wooden furniture, wooden panels and simply fashioned articles such as combs and white wood bird figures. Raw material is available in the surrounding forests of Tirupati and Kalahasti. Red Sanders, rakta chandhanam, grown around Tirupati and other local timbers are used. A characteristic feature of wooden products in Andhra is the softness of the wood varieties used in Nirmal, Kondapalli and Etikoppaka toys.