Light Weight Wooden Bullock cart - Kondapalli Toys

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Kondapalli Bommalu

Vijayawada’s Krishna district is home to the timeless art of woodworking, primarily in the form of toys. Hailing from the fairytale town of Kondapalli, Andhra Pradesh, this bullock cart is referred to as “Onteddu Bandi” by the Telugu locals. Conjuring up images of lost childhoods and rural fields, the Kondapalli artisan is a master of his craft. The globally acclaimed artform is being nurtured by art aficionados for its unparalleled strength in concept and form. The bullock cart is a staple symbol of life in the countryside, away from the dust and the engines of its urban counterparts. 

  • Handmade by Kondapalli Artist
  • Sourced directly from artisans of village
  • Light-weight wooden toys
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"Onteddu Bandi" means a bullock cart with a single bull. Onteddu bandi used to be the only means of transport during olden days. This show piece is the depiction of Onteddu Bandi from Kondappalli artisans who mastered the art of wood carving. They use locally found light weight white wood called "Tella Poniki" for making kondapalli toys. Kondapalli artisans are known for chiselling wooden toys and handicrafts from single piece of wood.

Vijayawada’s Krishna district is home to the timeless art of woodworking, primarily in the form of toys. Hailing from the fairytale town of Kondapalli, Andhra Pradesh, this bullock cart is referred to as “Onteddu Bandi” by the Telugu locals. Conjuring up images of lost childhoods and rural fields, the Kondapalli artisan is a master of his craft. The globally acclaimed artform is being nurtured by art aficionados for its unparalleled strength in concept and form. The bullock cart is a staple symbol of life in the countryside, away from the dust and the engines of its urban counterparts. 

Bullock carts represent the spirit of India’s cultural antiquity. The humble artisans of Kondapalli take immense pride in their deep-rooted history one that bridges the inevitable gap between Modern India and the India of folklore. This ancient means of transportation can be seen casually trotting down the mud streets of rural India. The strong oxen most certainly denote India’s poorest of the poor, striving to bring back an era of artistic glory. The Kondapalli artisan arrives at the final masterpiece after patiently carving out the figures from a locally abundant softwood known as ‘Tella Poniki’. The cart is embellished with traditional geometric motifs as seen in the ‘Muggu’ designs that welcome guests into Indian homes. 

A Kondapalli handicraft is the epitome of simplicity. The bold use of colour accentuates its deep roots in Indian heritage. Local handicrafts enjoyed a certain artistic patronage owing to the grandeur of previous Indian empires. Upon the arrival of modernity, artists who cater to this handicraft have drastically reduced in number. Artsytribe recognizes the artisan’s exceptional workmanship right from the stage of gallivanting forests in search of Poniki wood to their signature conceptualization and execution of designs. Today, around 50 families dedicate their being to this glorious craft. Artsytribe pays homage to all those who base their livelihoods on the making of these joyous toys, bringing us closer to art as a way of life.