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Panchi is a family game from the era of the kings. Most exquisitely designed by the hands of the art savvy Kalamkari women artisan. One set containing a game board, two sets of five counters each, and five cowrie shells, this game can help in strategizing and sharpens mathematical abilities of the players.

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The history of games dates to the ancient human past. Games are an integral part of all cultures and are one of the oldest forms of human social interaction. Games are formalized expressions of play which allow people to go beyond immediate imagination and direct physical activity. 


Design & Craft

Personal Handpainted art, it is 100% natural and vegan.

As with all children’s products, adult supervision is required. Products that contain small parts may pose a choking hazard and should not be used by children under 3.

Prone to lose color over time slightly as is the case with all natural dyed & handmade products.


Know The Artists!

Kalamkari artists use special pens to draw and create nuanced diagram and weave with hands so that they are rich in touch, look and feel.  

These board games are created in “Kalamkari” from Andhra Pradesh.

“Kalam” means pen and “Kari” means craftsmanship; it is basically a style of textile design made by painting intricate patterns with vegetable dyes.

The pawns are made of wood in Karnataka.

This is how these beautiful board games not only is fun playing but it also provides livelihood to various artisans from various parts of India.


How to Play!

Game Paraphernalia – 

1 game board, 2 sets of 5 counters (total 10), 5 cowrie shells 

Game Setup – 

  • Each player gets 5 counters of same color and keeps it in his home (fig 1). First Square on the tail end near home is starting point for each player. (Square A, B respectively)
  • Throw of cowries – 
  •       1 mouth up – Introduce one counter on starting square (A/B) or move one       square and play again (extra turn)            2 mouths up – move 2 squares            3 mouths up – move 3 squares            4 mouths up – move 4 squares            5 mouths up – move 5 squares& play again (Extra Turn)  

    No mouths up – move 10 squares & play again (Extra Turn)



    Rules to Play –

  • Each player takes turn to throw all 5 cowries on the floor and move his/her counters accordingly – refer section ‘Throw of cowries’
  • Movement of counters for each player is as below (fig 2 & 3):
  • Player A: A-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-D-LPlayer B: B-C-D-K-J-I-H-G-F-E-D-LIf player’s counter lands on the square which is pre-occupied by opponent’s counter, then the opponent’s counter is captured and the player gets extra turn to play, also player qualifies to finish the game. The captured counter returns to his home and has to start all over again.
  • Coloured squares viz. C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,D,L are safe places and counters present there cannot be captured. More than one counter can be present only at safe places and nowhere else.



 First Player to bear off all his counters wins the game.


Maintenance & Care

Avoid direct sunlight for long.

Dust or wipe with dry brush/ cloth.


Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 15 × 10 × 4 in



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