A cold gust of wind announces the arrival of rain and K Eswari looks up at the sky nervously. She is mixing clay to make Karthigai lamps and rain can mess up the whole process. “I am kneading the clay we sourced from Thadagam and Kanuvai, with water. It has to be very smooth, otherwise, the end product might develop cracks,” says the 38-year-old. Before I ask any further questions, she cuts me short with, “I will get back to work before it starts raining.”Peek inside any household in Udayar Street, a neighbourhood in Kavundampalayam (nearly 40 families of potters live here), and you will see floors lined with just-made lamps, still wet and smelling of fresh earth. G Kesavaraj is making a batch of large ones that can hold half a litre of oil each. “This is for an order I received from a temple,” he says. Seated on the floor cross-legged, he fashions them with pagalai, a wooden implement shaped like a ladle with a rectangular end. just-made lamps, … [Read more...] about The making of a deepam
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