Doll making is another craft famous in Karnataka evenly arranged on wooden platforms, decorated and displayed during the nine day Dusshera. Kinnal and Gokak in north Karnataka and Channapatna on the Bangalore/Mysore are famous for doll-making. The art of making puppet has galvanized many wood artisans and painters to produce a variety of puppets. Besides puppets made of wood, Karnataka also makes leather puppets which are more extensively used.
Enter any Kannada home and your eyes will focus on the innumerable dolls that are displayed in a glass-covered shelf in the drawing room. Dolls are favourites among women and children alike and every family has a large collection of these. These are symmetrically arranged on wooden platforms, decorated and displayed during the nine day Dusshera festival when visitors are treated to delicious snacks and the celebrated Mysore coffee. Kinnal and Gokak in north Karnataka and Channapatna on the Bangalore/Mysore highway are important centers for doll making. Most of the dolls made are painted with vegetable dyes while the Channapatna ones are lacquered.