The Czech Republic is renowned for its traditional and unique handmade wooden toys. Czech toymakers have been creating magical toys to entertain both children and adults for centuries. Handmade toys of all sorts are still popular in Czech Republic today and are growing in popularity worldwide each year. This revival of retro-style toys is helping to keep these valuable traditions alive. These traditional toys include wooden press up toys from Detoa, wooden pull alongs from Miva and tin toy tractors from Kovap.
One of the most popular, and well known wooden toys in Europe are the traditional marionettes which Czech Republic is famous for. These beautifully handcrafted puppets date back to the 17th Century and were initially used as a cheap substitute for actors in theatre plays. These historical plays were performed only for adult audiences and were initially shown in small villages. They were the only plays that were able to be performed in the Czech language during the war.
Later on these puppeteers became cultural icons, who were responsible for helping to preserve the language and culture of the Czech people.
The fact that this art form and many other toy making skills and traditions have managed to survive such a tumultuous history and still be viable professions, is well and truly testament to the Czech people, their strong will, perseverance and dedication to preserving their culture.