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In India, for handicraft production national Kondapalli toys is under the threat of extinction of several species of trees. Necessary for the operation of Indian craftsmen soft wood species known as Tella Poniki and includes several species of trees. The trees grow in a limited area in the region of production of Kondapalli. Local artisans suffer losses and go bankrupt because of the disappearance of the wood, writes AFP.

Kondapalli toys depict scenes from everyday life and myths of the Indians. They collect lovers and exhibited at the national festivals. Tella Poniki appreciated by the masters for yielding, due to which fully manually can create a bright and intricate toys-figurines with small details.

Because of deforestation the price of raw materials increases. Three years soft block of wood cost $7, now double the price higher . Some masters remain committed to the traditional way – hand-cutting – and continue to spend a lot of time and effort into each toy. They are forced to find other ways of supply of suitable wood and to fight the invasion of the market of electronic toys and toys made using machines.

“From eight to ten hours need to cut 20 cows or buffaloes. And this brings me only about 300 rupees ($5). Machine cut will definitely help people like me, to waste less energy,” – says a local master shayk, Moulali.

Artisans are changing the design and use modern paints and enamels to make toys more popular and strong. However, even with such efforts, the next generation, most likely, will not do this craft, I think local craftsmen and tradition in the production of Kondapalli toys may be interrupted.

As the chief officer of forestry of the state of Andhra Pradesh, the artisans are unable to find the country’s legitimate supply of raw materials and access to suppliers of the other soft trees from abroad. According to him, to restore the number of Tella Poniki, the government plans to create additional plantations, in particular, to annually allocate up to 5 hectares of new land for growing trees over the next 20 years.

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