Maya Organic, India

Maya Organic wooden toys are child-friendly, simple wooden toys made by skilled artisans from Channapatna, near Bangalore in southern India. The toys are manufactured to high-quality standards using the traditional lacware handicraft technique that has been used in India for over 200 years.
Everything starts with the Hale or rubber wood that is used for crafting all Maya Organic toys. This kind of wood is fast growing, comes from non-forest and agricultural land, and typically does not require the whole tree to be felled so that it grows back. What we also love about it is that any wood waste generated from the production like wood chips or wood dust are used as a raw material for the incense stick industry in Channapatna and surrounding areas, so nothing get’s wasted.
For the coloring process, Maya Organic uses Lac, a natural resin that is a non-toxic natural material secreted by microscopic tiny insects on a certain tree bark, which has been used in India for thousands of years. It requires no chemical treatment and is perfectly safe according to EN71 and ASTM standards.

  • For the yellow color, we use the root of the Turmeric plant, which is dried to make the powder.
  • To get to the red color, we use the local Manjishta and Kanchi Kum Kum.
  • For orange, we use Kanchi Kum Kum Powder, which is traditionally made by mixing turmeric and lime.
  • Bluish-black and Bluish green comes from the Indigo Powder, which is being extracted from the indigo plant.
  • For the Green color, we simply mix Indigo and Turmeric color.

The Lac tablets are heated on charcoal fire and melts. Once it’s melted, the different vegetable colors dyes are being added. After mixing it is kneaded and made into long rods and after that cut into small lac sticks before it hardens.

Once the wood piece is cut into the required length, it is fit on the lathe, using a chisel and various hand tools, to turn the wood into the shape needed. After being finely sand brushed, the lac is applied on the wood by pressing the lac stick of the desired color against the wood while turning the lathe.

Due to the frictional heat, the lac melts and gets applied to the wood.

The lac coating is then evenly spread and polished to a shiny gloss finish using a dry screwpine leaf. This whole process is also referred to as Lac-turnery.

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How it's made

ALL OUR MAYA ORGANIC TOYS ARE:

Hand crafted
- Non toxic
- Coloured with natural vegetable colours.

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HOW IT IS MADE

Maya Organic wooden toys are child-friendly, simple wooden toys made by skilled artisans from Channapatna, near Bangalore in southern India. The toys are manufactured to high-quality standards using the traditional lacware handicraft technique that has been used in India for over 200 years.
Everything starts with the Hale or rubber wood that is used for crafting all Maya Organic toys. This kind of wood is fast growing, comes from non-forest and agricultural land, and typically does not require the whole tree to be felled so that it grows back. What we also love about it is that any wood waste generated from the production like wood chips or wood dust are used as a raw material for the incense stick industry in Channapatna and surrounding areas, so nothing get’s wasted.
For the coloring process, Maya Organic uses Lac, a natural resin that is a non-toxic natural material secreted by microscopic tiny insects on a certain tree bark, which has been used in India for thousands of years. It requires no chemical treatment and is perfectly safe according to EN71 and ASTM standards.

For the yellow color, we use the root of the Turmeric plant, which is dried to make the powder. To get to the red color, we use the local Manjishta and Kanchi Kum Kum. For orange, we use Kanchi Kum Kum Powder, which is traditionally made by mixing turmeric and lime. Bluish-black and Bluish green comes from the Indigo Powder, which is being extracted from the indigo plant. For the Green color, we simply mix Indigo and Turmeric color.

The Lac tablets are heated on charcoal fire and melts. Once it’s melted, the different vegetable colors dyes are being added. After mixing it is kneaded and made into long rods and after that cut into small lac sticks before it hardens.

Once the wood piece is cut into the required length, it is fit on the lathe, using a chisel and various hand tools, to turn the wood into the shape needed. After being finely sand brushed, the lac is applied on the wood by pressing the lac stick of the desired color against the wood while turning the lathe.

Due to the frictional heat, the lac melts and gets applied to the wood.

The lac coating is then evenly spread and polished to a shiny gloss finish using a dry screwpine leaf. This whole process is also referred to as Lac-turnery.

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