PATACHARKUCHI, Oct 19 - Dennartari (Charal Para) village in Barpeta district wore a busy look with most of its residents, including students, elderly people and women, working overtime to cater to the rise in demand for earthen lamps for Diwali.
Pottery is a tradition in this village of 100-odd families who mostly earn their livelihood by selling clay items like curd pot, flower tub, �dhuna� pot, etc.
At Dennartari, five kilometres from the headquarters of Bajali subdivision, if someone is busy drying earthen lamps, someone is burning the final product. They usually sell the clay items in nearby markets.
�We buy a special variety of clay called �hira mati� from Guwahati for Rs 5000 per truck and Rs 3000 per tractor,� a villager said.
�We are making earthen pots for the last 50 years and it has become a tradition for us,� said Saraswati Paul, a woman of the village. The villagers want to use modern technology but not being able to do so due to paucity of funds.
In front of every house in the village, one can see a stock of the special clay and a �bhatti�, where the clay items are burnt.
Munna Paul, a higher secondary student of Bhattadev University, said he loves to play with clay since childhood and it has become more like a hobby for him.
When people are becoming more aware about the ill-affects of plastic items, which are available in the market at a cheaper price, the demand of the earthen items in the State, is on an upward swing.
The financial condition of the villagers is not very sound and Diwali is an opportune time for them to earn some extra money.