Welcome to India: The Air India mascot made in wood
Hunting troop on an elephant and horses
Women drawing water from the well
A man riding a bullock-cart
A boat being guided by an elephant at one end and a bird at the other end
Wrestlers exercising in 'Akhadas' or wrestling ground
A man and a woman rowing a boat A tiger and a leopard attacking an elephant from front and rear
A royal family member riding an elephant with the 'Mahawat'
An rural Indian couple
A set of Balblas playing different musical instruments
An elephant fighting a tiger
The dacoits with their guns
Varanasi, being the cultural center of India is also rich in the craft of toy making. The cultural theme based toys shows the classes of society, the daily lifestyle and activity of the people in rural India and also some profession which were popular in ancient India.
One gets to see the real culture and tradition of India in its villages. Many activities like farming, drawing water from a well, bullock carts, men wrestling in ‘Akhada’ or the wrestling ground
etc. is still thriving in the rural part of the country. Thus, the toys made on this theme primarily show the culture of the rural India which consequently affects the clothing style, patterns, colors, etc. shown in the toys by the craftsmen.
More details at: www.dsource.in/resource/wooden-toys-of-varanasi/index.html