Nilambur Potters Beckon City-zens - The New Indian Express

Nilambur Potters Beckon City-zens

Published: 10th January 2014 09:41 AM

Last Updated: 10th January 2014 09:41 AM

The sheer variety of modern cookware available in the market can spoil you for choice while setting up a  kitchen. In a situation where the old earthenware has almost fully given way to the trendy cookware in homes, revisiting the past is a reminder of the healthy cooking habits that existed in the olden days.

Traditional potters from Nilambur are presenting a pretty good collection of their terracotta products at the ongoing exhibition at Travancore Samskarika Kendram on Ambujavilasom road here. At one glance, you may be mistaken, for the finesse with which the items on display are made is on a par with metal ware. Pots for boiling rice, kadai, frying pans, cups... the list goes on. Paper weight in the shape of a tortoise and beautiful artifacts can make good display pieces.

The makers say that they work in the most eco-friendly way and no artificial methods are ever attempted. “The entire process is time-consuming as the finishing works can begin only 20 days after the items are made as they have to be kept in a kiln,” says K Sunil Babu, a traditional earthenware maker at Nilambur.  At the time of making, he says, the wares will have an off-red colour. Then it is brightened with a peculiar way of polishing with red soil and doing it continuously can impart black colour.

The potters in Nilambur also do mural works, figurines, mementos and office equipment and owing to difficulty in transportation, only orders are taken at the exhibition. The potters belong to the Kumbhar community there. Babu says many are now quitting the job of making pots in search of better-paid jobs and only a few families carry on the tradition.

The exhibition in the city is on from 9 am to 7 pm till Sunday. It is organised by Anyonyam Samskarika Vedi.

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