Rise in sales of traditional fire pots in Kashmir

As winter descends on Kashmir Valley, there has been a rise in the demand for traditional fire pots known as ‘Kangris‘.
Across the markets in Srinagar, huge piles of the pots or ‘kangris’ are a common sight and for vendors, the cold snap has meant a wave of customers.
Kangri is a bowl-shaped clay pot surrounded by a willow basket with a handle. Once filled with lit coal, for Kashmiris it is a traditional way to keep warm and it is easy on the pocket.
“There is a drop in the temperature over here so as a result there is an increase in the demand of kangris (traditional firepots) because it is always affordable for the common man. It’s more economical as compared to other things that we normally use in day-to-day life because they always consumes lots of electricity and other things which are associated with it,” added Farooq Ahmad, a customer.
The ‘kangri’ is not only economical, it is also practical and can be used for a range of purposes as Ghulam Qadir, a vendor, explains.
“The winter season is here and therefore, the demand for kangris is increasing. There is always a need for a kangri by the common man in Kashmir valley. A kangri can be used in the fields and elsewhere also. A kangri is also used as a heater and water boiler. Kangris have been used as part of our tradition. Tourists also buy the kangris as gifts and souvenirs. This is a very popular object from olden days. We cannot live without this,” according to Qadir.
Average lows for the winter in Srinagar drop below 0 degrees with the mercury in some of the state’s higher elevated regions plunging to -20 degrees.
At a cost of Rs 60, it is little wonder as to why the inexpensive traditional heating device remains popular.


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