Channapatna Nativity Ornament
Unique ornament of the Holy Family hand-carved out of hale wood using a traditional craft skill that is protected as a geographical indication under the World Trade Organization.
The artisans of Channapatna Handicrafts dye each wooden figurine with vegetable dye to produce colorful figurines.
Measures 3-by-1.5-by-3 inches. Features a gold loop for hanging.
About this Artisan
Artisans employed at Channapatna Handicrafts hand make wooden products using a more than 200-year-old craft tradition unique to Channapatna in southern India. The hale wood used is unique to the area. Each product is dyed with natural, nontoxic vegetable dyes. This craft was handed down by generations and was in danger of dying out because people had to move to larger cities to care for their families.
Through its partnership with WorldCrafts, Channapatna Handicrafts is reviving the craft while they improve the lives of the artisans and their families by creating employment opportunities in their community.