The Far Horizon Magazine

The Toymakers of Benaras – A Legacy We May Be Losing

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Benaras, now known as Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world. From a time long forgotten, people from different cultures, communities, religions, and traditions came and thrived by the banks of river Ganga.With time, they developed exclusive art, craft and music skills and Benaras became home to innumerable artists and craftsmen.

Among these numerous art forms is Toy Making– an overlooked piece of history. Many people have stumbled upon this craft while travelling through this old city, yet it fails to get enough traction to revive its old charisma.

At Far Horizon, we believe in standing with the craftsmen of this dying art and supporting them in not letting a legacy of old Varanasi die. These artists deserve their due and together, we should all do our best to revive this slowly disappearing craft. Go to their stores, buy their art, listen to their stories and take it to the world. One step at a time.

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