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KANGRI-The Darling Of Every Kashmiri In Winter

An age old device for keeping warm

 

 

January 27, 2020 | Dar Javed

In the absence of Electricity or load shedding ,it doesn't disappoint people and keeps them warm in harsh winters - yes ,it is none other than KANGRI or KANGDI -The Darling of every kashmiri in winter.In a typical koshur (Kashmiri) household, the Kangir continues to be the main, inexpensive source of keeping an individual warm during the winter
As Kashmir faces the teriff of electricity especially during winters ,however history is witnessed to the invention of KANGRI- traditional way to keep warm and this helps people to survive during sub zero temperatures.
Kangri is the traditional earthen fire pot encased by an intricate web of interwoven twig artistry. For generations, people here have carried this portable heat-emitting device under the elaborate pheran which is a traditional cloak reaching down to knees woven by people of Kashmir during frosty winters. With the onset of winter, the aggressive demand for Kangri’s reinvigorates this cottage industry sustaining a large population.
The origin of the Kangir is not known. Knowles (1885) makes the following observation:
It has been suggested that the Kashmiris learnt the use of the k'angar from the Italians in the retinue of the Mughal Emperors who often visited the valley, but no reliable particulars have as yet been ascertained.
Making of Kangiri involves a lot of hardworking/labour and craftsmanship the Kangri involves labour and local artisanal craftsmanship.
Twigs are collected from deciduous shrubs, scraped and peeled and go through a process of soaking, drying, dying and are finally woven around the bowl-shaped earthenware.
The earthenware is decorated with colourful threads, mirror-work and sequins and is about six inches (150 mm) in diameter. Kangiri ranges from Rs.200 to 1500 to 30000 depending upon the craftsmanship and material used. Kangri has become a popular handicraft. Besides heating purposes, Kangri is also used as a decoration piece in drawing rooms .Its colours, innovative designs and artwork attract tourists.
From the beginning of November, one can see the delectable presence of Kangris stacked up for sale in every market across Kashmir. The sale lasts until early spring.
The invention of Kangir -The traditional fire-pot has not just helped people to keep warm but also is an effective and economical heating arrangement in the modern era when electronic heating gadgets are available………

 


Dar Javed postgraduate in craft design management and entrepreneurship,can be reached at darjaveed305@gmail.com

 

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KANGRI-The Darling Of Every Kashmiri In Winter

An age old device for keeping warm

 

 

January 27, 2020 | Dar Javed

In the absence of Electricity or load shedding ,it doesn't disappoint people and keeps them warm in harsh winters - yes ,it is none other than KANGRI or KANGDI -The Darling of every kashmiri in winter.In a typical koshur (Kashmiri) household, the Kangir continues to be the main, inexpensive source of keeping an individual warm during the winter
As Kashmir faces the teriff of electricity especially during winters ,however history is witnessed to the invention of KANGRI- traditional way to keep warm and this helps people to survive during sub zero temperatures.
Kangri is the traditional earthen fire pot encased by an intricate web of interwoven twig artistry. For generations, people here have carried this portable heat-emitting device under the elaborate pheran which is a traditional cloak reaching down to knees woven by people of Kashmir during frosty winters. With the onset of winter, the aggressive demand for Kangri’s reinvigorates this cottage industry sustaining a large population.
The origin of the Kangir is not known. Knowles (1885) makes the following observation:
It has been suggested that the Kashmiris learnt the use of the k'angar from the Italians in the retinue of the Mughal Emperors who often visited the valley, but no reliable particulars have as yet been ascertained.
Making of Kangiri involves a lot of hardworking/labour and craftsmanship the Kangri involves labour and local artisanal craftsmanship.
Twigs are collected from deciduous shrubs, scraped and peeled and go through a process of soaking, drying, dying and are finally woven around the bowl-shaped earthenware.
The earthenware is decorated with colourful threads, mirror-work and sequins and is about six inches (150 mm) in diameter. Kangiri ranges from Rs.200 to 1500 to 30000 depending upon the craftsmanship and material used. Kangri has become a popular handicraft. Besides heating purposes, Kangri is also used as a decoration piece in drawing rooms .Its colours, innovative designs and artwork attract tourists.
From the beginning of November, one can see the delectable presence of Kangris stacked up for sale in every market across Kashmir. The sale lasts until early spring.
The invention of Kangir -The traditional fire-pot has not just helped people to keep warm but also is an effective and economical heating arrangement in the modern era when electronic heating gadgets are available………

 


Dar Javed postgraduate in craft design management and entrepreneurship,can be reached at darjaveed305@gmail.com

 


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RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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