Srinagar: Pottery, one of the oldest arts in Kashmir, is on the verge of extinction as the usage of steel and plastic usage has overshadowed its significance over the years.
Though traditional musical instruments like the clay-made Tumbaknaer is still commonplace, earthen pots which were used in day-to-day life are drawing to a close.
Danish, a ceramist from Kumar Mohalla in Nishat area of Srinagar, says that the age-old tradition is on the verge of extinction.
“The plight of potters is clearly visible as there are only a few of us left to continue this trade. Many have switched over to other jobs mostly based on daily wages in agriculture,” Danish said.
“Today, the convenience of easy-to-buy and well-priced modern items have displaced the traditional pottery.”
“Though change is inevitable, the government must do more to protect this profession. After all, pottery is integral to Kashmir’s heritage,” he said.
“If the government takes youth associated with this profession into consideration, this heritage can be saved. Our elders have already left this profession and switched to other jobs,” he said. (KNO)