About Us

Welcome to craft n cart! We specialize in online sales of eco-friendly handmade wooden toys. It is a small initiative to promote the art and craft of Varanasi.

We develop educational toys to provide educators with a comprehensive and effective means of transmitting information and to help modernize educational methods. 

That children are highly receptive and stimulated to learn through the usage of wooden educational toys, is widely accepted by educators throughout the field. We developed and continue to develop more and more new products those are related to the educational toys and games and Montessori school products. 

Today we have wide range of wooden toys products list covering toys, jigsaw, building blocks and lot more. 

These toys can be used for both, children with special needs and others for development of brain power and for hand/eye coordination.

History and Background

Varanasi, being the cultural center of India is also rich in the craft of toy making and is gifted with a community of craftsman who have been practicing this craft and passing it on from one generation to other.

As India has a rich culture of storytelling through its toys, our ancestors have been preserving this culture by making toys which show a perspective of life. Not only does it help in educating the children about their culture, children also grow up playing with these toys, which creates a beautiful bonding them and their toys and nurtures them.

It is not by chance that in this age of industrialization and mass manufacturing, the handmade toys not only thrive but also make their presence felt in the local market. These toys have survived because they make a meaningful value addition in a household in terms of a toy. They are endowed with the natural beauty of a handcrafted object.

Although, the market is overflowing with the modern plastic and metallic toys, the handcrafted toys are comparatively cheaper and also offer a visual treat to the children.

India has a rich legacy in toy-making. Historically Indian toys date back to 5000 years. The excavated toys and dolls found in Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro included small carts, dancing woman, etc. A large variety of natural materials like rocks, sticks, clay etc. were used for making dolls and toys.

Earliest toys were created by the parents or sometimes by the children themselves, as an object of joy and playfulness. Gradually they started having more meaning added to them when they became a mirror of rural India, its folklore, legends and myths. And eventually toys had their own market where some artisans could practice this craft to earn a living. Thus, the incorporation of the tradition and culture of rural India became more evident through colorful toys depicting village scenes Like a women carrying water in the pots, women drawing out water from a well or men riding bullock-carts, elephants, etc.

Later on, many household articles were produced in miniature sizes including sets of toy cooking vessels in clay and wood. These toys were a girl’s favorite collection whereas for boys, there were ‘chakri’, a fast moving paper fan, bow and arrow made out of sticks, etc.

Also, this craft has been through many influences depending upon the culture and happenings of an era which varied with the Hindu, Mughal and British rule. Indian craftsmen crafted numerous motifs and designs, intricate and beautiful in a variety of hand-crafted toys.