8 Oct 2020
The first sign of pottery in Kashmir can be traced between 3000 BC and 1000 BC, thanks to Burzhama archaelogical site located on the outskirts of
Srinagar. The traditional storing of water in earthen pots is still prevelant in
rural areas of the valley. During marriages, traditonal musical instruments
like Tumbakneer and Noar are still a common feature which are purely made using clay.
However, pottery, a traditional trade in Kumar Mohalla, Nishat, Srinagar is on the verge of extinction. The plight of potters here is clearly visible as there are only few potters left to continue this trade and many have switched over to other jobs mostly based on daily-wages in agriculture. Today, the convenience of easy-to-buy and well priced modern items has displaced traditional pottery. The potters say that while this change is inevitable, the government must do more to protect their trade. After all, pottery is integral to Kashmir’s heritage.