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The wood used for making these toys is sourced from a locally-grown tree called Ankudu. It is lightweight and easy to chop and chisel, and therefore cannot be used for anything but this purpose or as firewood. Logs of wood are dried in the sun for weeks to remove moisture. Once the bark is scraped off, the wood is roughly sawed into blocks of different sizes. Lacquer or lac is a colourless resinous secretion of a certain species of insects. It is collected by tribals from nearby jungles and mixed with colours and rolled into long sticks. The resin is highly flammable and melts easily at the application of heat. Earlier, the colours used by Etikoppaka toy-makers were completely organic, and came from seeds, bark, roots and leaves of various trees. For the traditional art form to survive, it is essential that these products are made accessible in the global marketplace. Efforts also need to be made for sustainable cultivation of Ankudu trees.