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POTTERS FIGHTING HARDFOR SURVIVAL

Young Bites. Dated: 5/14/2019 11:46:00 AM


POOJA THAKUR Jammu, May 13 Pottery is an age old prominent handicraft in India, its roots can be traced back to the earliest times of civilization. But unfortunately it is one of the left out community in India. Pottery is an art of making different objects by carefully molding clay. The sheer hard work they put and the skills through which they design those very pots are magnificent. But their fate seems to be sailing in muddy waters as most of the industries are shut and most of the craftsmen are either unemployed or paid too little. It feels perplexing to see their plight today as they used to be a major revenue generator in the country and as the modernization of the nation began they started losing their sheen. In Jammu it is no exception, the potters are struggling hard to earn their living. YoungBites correspondent met one of the potter family’s which makes pottery near Jammu Bus Stand. With the changing times the demand for traditional pottery has diminished especially in the urban areas. One of the woman who was making beautiful clay pots said, “ the demand is very less now. People of Jammu city do not buy these clay pots because most of the homes in city have refrigerators. Moreover the traditional ‘Gullaks’ which are called piggy banks for today’s generation are also in very less demand”. “We have given a modern look to the traditional water pots in which we have added a tap and given it the shape of a camper. These campers are being liked by the people. Now a days people purchase these campers”, she further said. As the modern ways of plastic made crafts forayed into our household people living in urban areas started relying on them and the traditional handicrafts lost their luster. People don’t recognize the haphazard of these artificial products all they care is about affluence. Government has tried to revive the industry by offering incentives for the handicrafts industries to avert their death and also by conducting fairs and seminars where they can showcase their skilled labor but the scenario doesn’t seem to have improved. It’s appalling to see that they don’t get the same recognition, respect and remuneration as one should get after putting so much effort into their work.

 

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