Rehan Qayoom Mir
Srinagar, Nov 13: As a revival for local artisans, this Diwali witnessed a remarkable surge in the sale of earthen lamps in Kashmir, with around 20,000 lamps sold in Srinagar, breathing new life into a business that had been on the decline for decades.
Many potters from different parts of Kashmir, expressed their joy and gratitude for the unexpected boost in the demand.
Umer Kumar, a dedicated potter from Srinagar’s Nishat, sharing his Diwali experience, said it has been a beacon of hope for them, as the demand for earthen lamps hasn’t been this high in years, and it’s truly uplifting for their craft.
“The demand for earthen lamps increased this year, as we supplied the lamps to Kulgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, and other places as well,” said Umer.
“We also received orders from outside Jammu and Kashmir, and this Diwali we sold around 20 thousand earthen lamps, which is far higher than previous years,” he said.
Umar Khan, another potter hailing from Ganderbal, sharing his sentiment, said, “It’s not just about the lamps; it’s about preserving our tradition and heritage, and the culture which Kashmir has lost, and this year’s Diwali has brought a renewed sense of purpose to our work.”
As per the details available, an estimated 80 thousand earthen lamps were sold across Jammu and Kashmir, as the potters from different parts of Kashmir came forefront and made this happen.
“I would like to appreciate the support which we potters received from the community, and the response this Diwali has been overwhelming, with people not just buying lamps; they are investing in the culture and craftsmanship of Kashmir,” said Amir Reshi, a potter from Anantnag.
Another potter, Haris from Budgam, highlighted the economic significance of this surge in orders, saying “for years, our business was struggling, and we feared it might not survive, but this Diwali has not only lit up homes but also the future of our livelihoods.”