Channapatna in Ramanagara district of Karnataka holds an honoured place in the lacquer ware world. It is an old industry practised by craftsmen called chitragars and also has a sizeable number of craftspersons belonging to the muslim community.
Haalay is the main wood used here as it is extremely close-grained, moderately hard and ideal for turning.
A very old speciality of Channapatna is a complete set of miniature cooking utensils and kitchen ware. The modern innovations include telephone sets, planes, engines, trains, trucks, rattles etc. Popular dolls include snake charmer, vegetable vendor, lady with a water pot, set of music makers playing various musical instruments.
Excerpted from Handicrafts of India
by Kamala Devi Chattopadhyaya
The design team of Ramsons Kala Pratishtana (RKP) has used the traditional turning technique of Channapatna to create these stunningly beautiful pawns using following organic colours.
Yellow - Turmeric
Red - Kanchi Kumkum + Allerthin
Orange - Kanchi Kumkum
Green - Indigo + Turmeric
Design : H.S. Dharmendra, RKP
Crafts person : B. Venkatesh, Channapatna