The creative journey of Kanaka Ananth, director of Maniams Design Studio in Coimbatore.
"Twenty years back I had decided to pursue toy designing from National Institute of Design (NID). We were the first batch of 6 students; two girls and four boys. I went on to work with Creatives and Funskool. With lesser opportunities at that time for toy designers, I became an educator while continuing freelance projects for companies. Now with "Maniams toys" I am fulfilling my dream of creating toys inspired by Indian culture."
Krazy Kolam and Rangolio
Krazy Kolam is a patented product and has designs based on kolam, for the age group of six plus. The designs have been inspired by her mother-in-law’s kolam book. While joining the wooden blocks or the coloured ones to form patterns, the children develop precision and their visual and spatial development improve. The blocks are presented in a handmade bamboo basket woven in Northeast India.
Rangolio puzzle is inspired by rangoli patterns. The game is available in natural colour using 3 different woods or in a coloured version presented in a handmade bamboo basket woven in Northeast India. A game that helps developing visual, spatial, and fine motor skills in children or elderly people.