Kashmir Potters Make Diwali Lamps

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.

A potter making earthen Kashmir potters surrounded by his manufacture – the traditional earthen lamps and the Hukka. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

The vintage lamps consume the cooking oil and offer dazzling lights. In certain cases, these lamps are innovated to consume kerosene oil also.

A potter busy making traditional earthen lamps ahead of Diwali festival in Srinagar on Saturday 30 October 2021. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

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.

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