Earthen utensils were dominating the domestic life in the beginning. When the copper, brass and aluminium utensils made their entry, they grabbed the place of the earthen ones. The emergence of plastic items too was a blow.
Even after this, the earthen pots and other items were trying to manage their existence. Gradually, many families earning their livelihood by manufacturing and selling earthen utensils were pushed on to the streets.
However, the history repeats. People have slowly been understanding the significance of earthen utensils.
The traditional industry is recovering now. People who do not use earthen pots for any other purposes, are now using them for preparing fish curry, some special cuisine and for preserving vegetable and curds.
“I have been earning my livelihood by selling earthen utensils for the past 28 years. These utensils are made in Nagerkoil of Tamil Nadu and are the best in their quality. I sell utensils in summer and flower pots in rainy season. Their cost ranges from Rs 25 to Rs 45. Keralites residing in Karnataka are the major customers,” said one K T Murugan from Kerala, who was selling earthen utensils in front of the Forest Department in the town recently.
When a unique traditional industry appears to be slipping into the pages of history, these kinds of new developments give a special relief and enthusiasm.