The traditional pottery industry in
Aurangabad village in Gorakhpur
district of Uttar Pradesh, is not only
weathering the onslaught of modernisation but thriving in spite of it.
Bhola Prasad Prajapati, one of the potters who has been engaged in idol making since 19,62, says the secret of the smooth finish of their ware is a fine textured pond clay devoid of any gravel. However, the idols which Prasad makes are baked using the traditional method of burning cow dung and wood.
According to a bulletin of the Research Centre for Decentralised Industries, Prasad earns Rs 2,500 a month, an income much higher than the average in the village.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.