Craftsman: CV Raju
Size: L 4.5"" x W 3"" x H 3"" (inches)
Etikoppaka Products: Toys, Cutlery, Jewellery, Bridal boxes, Station
The wheels are fitted on a wooden axle so that it can move on pushing. The truck’s bright contrasting colors are derived from vegetables and hence safe to be put in the kid’s hands. It can also travel with your kid everywhere he goes being really light in weight!
It has a rounded body to which is attached a circular disc. The front of the vehicle has two bulging ‘headlights’.The wheels are fitted on a wooden axle so that it can move on pushing. The truck’s bright contrasting colors are derived from vegetables and hence safe to be put in the kid’s hands. It can also travel with your kid everywhere he goes being really light in weight!
Tools:Planer, Saw, Boring tools, Cutting tools, Hand drills, Brushes, Files, Power and hand lathe
Production Clusters:Etikoppaka, Yelamanchili, Dimili, Narayanapuram, Kailaspatnam
Behind the scenes:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhsthddT2Hs
What does this difficult to pronounce and alien word called ‘Etikoppaka’ mean?
It literally means a ‘cluster of houses by the bank of a river’. It is a village 65 KMs from Vishakapatnam with a population of about 12,000 including 200 + artisans. However, over time it has gained fame across the World for its unique craft-form – Etikoppaka, named after the village. What is so unique about this craft? It is made of the softwood (Wrightia tinctoria / Ankudu Karra) and coated with tree-based lac colours. This seasoned wood is evolved in circular shape on a lathe machine with skillful manipulation of the tools. Subsequently the tools are replaced by lac and the circular pieces are coloured due to the friction created by pressing the lac against the rotating wooden ware. Once the coloured pieces are ready they are assembled to come up with a brilliant piece of craft. We are sure all engineers or otherwise who ever worked on a lathe will appreciate the degree of skill required to master it and use it to turn wood into beautiful art-pieces.