In earlier days, White wood of Tella Poniki tree was used as paint board for painting, which fascinatingly outstands. Due to change in time, artisans introduced Indian teak wood due to its soft grain texture, strength, and lightweight and lifetime quality. Sometimes wood is changed as per the customer’s choice. Before, paints were derived from colorful stones found at the shores of Godavari river ad natural ingredients like herbs and mud.
Present day oil paints and spray paints and acrylic colors are mixed with fevicol and used for painting. Traditional designs are traced or drawn in chalk on smoothened wood or composition board, then painted in flat, bright colors and often touched up with gold and varnished. Once the paintings are completed clear spray is sprayed on the frames for water resistance and luster. The paintings are exported to Australia, America and England through Lepakshi, an AP govt. organization.