Majuli | Ancient art of Pottery

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Majuli ancient art of pottery is as old as used in ancient time at Mohanjodaro and Harappa  it is not in practice anywhere in India or else where,  methods suggest a historic origin of this activity. According to Archaeologists the pottery industry in Majuli has been a missing link between Mohenjodaro and Harappan civilizations during which period the pottery industry flourished. The Kumhar community of about 500 families spread over mainly three villages the Salmora , Chinatoli and Dakshinpath on Majuli Island actively involved in this art of  making and trading the earthen pots.

Earthen Pots made in Majuli

Earthen Pots made in Majuli

Pottery is a hereditary profession. It is practiced by the successive generations of the community members, irrespective of their castes. Potters are dependent on the river Brahmaputra as it provides clay required for making pots, the women shape the pots by putting the layers of clay and beating softly with wooden bat and raising the desired size with fingers and palm.

Ancient art of pottery , Majuli Island

Ancient art of pottery , Majuli Island

once the desired shape is made the pots are dried in open air and sunlight.

Earthen pots are first dried in open air and sun light

Earthen pots are first dried in open air and sun light

Clay required for making pots is dug out from clay pits about 30 feet deep from the ground along the banks of the river, pits get replenished during the annual floods of the river, the availability of the clay is in abundance.

Fire Baked earthen pots near the fire klin , Majuli Island

Fire Baked earthen pots near the fire klin , Majuli Island

For many centuries Pots are made from beaten clay and burnt in driftwood-fired kilns .

One can reach Majuli by road from Jorhat to Nimatigaht take a ferry cross river Bharamputra 1.30 hr.  to reach Kamalabari ghat and then jeep/bus to Gramurh , Majuli Island is also port of call river cruise M.V.Mahabaahu

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