Etikoppaka Wooden Crafts (Etikoppaka)
Availability of soft wood in many parts of the state has helped the toy industry flourish. In Visakhapatnam district, the area around Etikoppaka has an abundance of 'Poniki'
wood that is used for making toys and dolls that are given a lacquer finish giving off a bright sheen.
From candle stands to vermilion boxes and bangles, these pieces are very popular at weekly mandis. Craftsmen also make toys that are used for marriage ceremonies and other rituals. Their enchanting designs, bright colours and earthly appeal are very attractive. Today, they are a part of the rural folk tradition. Reveal some little-known cultural practices of that region and display the creative skills of its makers.