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Madike: The traditional, organic version of cookware

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An essential tool that the poor remember when summer comes is the earthen pot. A pot is an object made of clay. Those who make it are called potters. Pottery making is an art in the potter’s blood. It is passed down from generation to generation.

Clay pots have been in use since ancient times. Before steel utensils came into use, earthenware was the utensil in use. Although the craft of pot making is multi-generational, there are still many families who continue this traditional craft with interest. Although there is no profit, he continues in this business. Some hard-made containers break when burned or dried. Also, one pot sells for around Rs. 200 to Rs. 300.

Clay pots are made by pounding a special clay and then sifting it in a sieve, adding as much water as required to the soil and leaving it for a day. The next day the clay is prepared for sticking and then placed on the potting wheel, one turns the wheel. The other gives that soil an attractive pot shape. The style of performing this work with utmost patience and diligence catches the eye of the viewer.

Clay pots have many benefits. Different ingredients are cooked in an earthen pot and food is more tasty and healthy too. Usually, water stored in an earthen vessel is very cold and good for health. A pot is also used to store curd so that it does not go sour. Also, cooking in a pot is more delicious, and the taste of meat is special if it is cooked in a pot.

The clay pot is the basis for all utensils invented throughout civilisation. But, recently, the traditional profession of pottery has come into trouble due to the scourge of non-stick kavali, aluminium and steel utensils.
Earlier products made from clay were in great demand. Sadly, the present generation is more addicted to buying aluminium and steel utensils.

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Ashwini Badiger

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