From lagori to lattu to DIY toys - Amazon's Made in India toy store to give fillip to homegrown brands
In its mission to bring all forms of Indian crafts online and expand the selection of products made available to customers, Amazon.in today announced the launch of the Made in India toy store. With this launch, sellers from 15 Indian states will showcase over thousands of unique toys across ‘toy-categories’ like traditional toys, handmade toys and educational toys.
The launch of Made in India toy store will not only provide a boost to home grown, emerging Indian brands and manufacturers to accelerate their business, but will also help realise the potential of Atmanirbhar Bharat by enabling thousands of manufacturers and sellers to sell locally designed and manufactured toys, inspired by Indian culture, folk tales as well as toys that encourage scientific thinking and innovation.
I commend Amazon India’s efforts to feature local toys by launching a dedicated 'Made in India' toy store where the state’s vibrant toys from Channapatna will also be featured
Speaking on this initiative, Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka said, “Karnataka is known for its rich, diverse and traditional heritage. I commend Amazon India’s efforts to feature local toys by launching a dedicated 'Made in India' toy store where the state’s vibrant toys from Channapatna will also be featured. The launch of the Made in India toy store is in line with Government of India’s vision in realizing the potential of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Such efforts will provide a boost to home grown emerging Indian brands and also local artisans to accelerate their business.”
Three prominent categories - traditional, handmade and educational - will be showcased. The traditional Indian toys section showcases toys that are bound to take consumers down the memory lane, reminiscent of carefree childhood nostalgia with toys like Chowka Bara, Pitthu/Lagori, Lattu (Wooden spinning tops) and more.
The handmade toys section will showcase handmade toys & dolls from karigars of various states like Channapatna, Thanjavur, Varanasi to name a few. These handmade toys speak of the pride in Indian craftsmanship and are unique in design.
The third category showcases innovative and educational toys like a DIY Microscope, 4D Educational AR Game, Science Experiment Kits and more. These exciting products are conceptualized and manufactured by homegrown Indian brands like Skillmatics, Smartivity, Shifu export, Einstein box, etc who are delighting millions of kids and parents through their products. Some of them like Skillmatics and Shifu export are also exporting made in India toys through Amazon’s Global Selling programme.
This store reinforces Amazon.in’s commitment to nurture and support local talent.
Manish Tiwary, Vice President, Amazon India said “This store reinforces Amazon.in’s commitment to nurture and support local talent. India is home to traditional arts, crafts and toys made by SMBs, artisans and craftsmen. These cohort of sellers will benefit with accelerated growth due to spike in demand for their products with the launch of this new store”
Over the past several months, Amazon.in has introduced several initiatives to promote Made in India products. In September 2020, Amazon.in launched Handicrafts Mela, showcasing over 55,000 unique products across 270+ art and craft forms from various parts of the country. Over 8 lakh artisans and weavers associated with 1500 Karigar sellers and 17 Government Emporiums including Tantuja, Harit Khadi, Tribes India and national level artisan organizations like Craftmark & Dastkari Haat Samiti benefitted from this Mela. Similarly, Amazon.in’s Stand for Handmade initiative to help over 10 lakh artisans, weavers and women entrepreneurs, enabled sellers from Amazon Karigar (for weavers and artisans) to register 3.2x growth and Amazon Saheli (for women entrepreneurs) to register 2.1x growth.