SRINAGAR: With Diwali festival, the festival of lights, approaching fast, Kashmir potters have gone busy in making the traditional lamps. Every year in anticipation of the festival, Kashmiri potters get orders from local temples and, in certain cases, from Jammu also about the traditional lamps that are used during Diwali festivities.
The vintage lamps consume the cooking oil and offer dazzling lights. In certain cases, these lamps are innovated to consume kerosene oil also.
Kashmir pottery has remained traditional and not much of innovation has taken place over the years. The only intervention has been the electric wheel that is also not available to most of them. The pottery is restricted to the creation of kundals that are required for Kangri, the traditional earthen pot used during winters.