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Grab these Earthen festive buys

Take a walk through Pottery Lane in Gurgaon to add some festive colour to your home this Diwali. Here, you can get a Ganesha wall hanging made in terracotta for Rs.125 or a small Ganesha standing, made in the shape of fruits (Rs.50), and a lot more.

art and culture Updated: Jan 24, 2012 18:29 IST
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If you’re looking to bring home innovative and pocket-friendly products this festive season, then Pottery Lane in Gurgaon’s cyber city is the place to head to.

Living up to its name, the lane is lined with shops selling colourful wares made of clay and terracotta. Here, you can get a Ganesha wall hanging made in terracotta for Rs.125 or a small Ganesha standing, made in the shape of fruits (Rs.50), and a lot more.

Most of the shops here are make-shift, with stalls set-up on the roadside. The products, in their raw forms, are sourced from different places such as Rajasthan and Ferozepur, and are glazed and painted by the sellers at the store.

When here, go for the small colourful chowkis (low stools), decorative urlis (water containers) and windchimes, which could add some earthy charm at a festive get together. Those of you who are planning lawn parties could pick up the bunny planters (Rs.125 to Rs.200 per piece). Apart from some fancy diyas that you can get for Rs.80 to Rs.100 for four pieces here, you can also buy decorative gel diyas in this market.

Daulatram, a pottery seller from Ferozepur, comes as early as seven in the morning to start selling his products. Throughout the day, his wife and son paint the pots and Ganeshas in different colours to sell to the customers. “During Diwali, the market is open till 2am in the morning and gives tough competition to the mall opposite,” says Daulatram.

Another vendor adds that while most of their clientele is from Gurgaon, they do have some regular clients who come from other parts of Delhi to buy some of their special products. “We have a lamp for R125 with panels for diyas, which can be hung from a wall,” he says. “We can always get a great bargain here, as the vendors bring the price down by 10-15%, especially if you buy in bulk,” says Neha Sharma, 28, a regular visitor to the market.

How to get here
* What: Pottery lane
* Where: Opposite Omaxe Plaza, Sohna Road, Gurgaon
* Time: 8am to 8pm daily
* Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre on the Yellow Line

Pottery markets for Dilliwalahs!

Khirki Extension, Saket
As soon as you exit from the glitzy malls of Saket, you will come across a lane dedicated to pottery items and other ceramic goods. Here, you can find vases in different sizes and a number of sculptures, both colourful and in ‘geru’ colour. Though the price range of these products usually lies between Rs.100 to Rs.500, don’t forget to bargain. Since it’s Diwali time, an added attraction is the Diwali diyas, available with and without wax. They are available from Rs.5 to Rs.15.

Dilli Haat, INA
The cultural and traditional goods hub of the Capital, Dilli Haat has a wide range of pottery and other ceramic products. Available at different stalls, which are divided statewise, the design and the material of the products depends on the specialty of the state. Though the products here are a little expensive, you can bargain for a discount. The range can go as high as R1,500 - R2,000. Many special melas and festivals are hosted here that have a different variety to display.

Matka Market, Sarojini Nagar
As you walk from the Sarojini Nagar depot towards Chanakya Puri, you will come across this market, which sells sculptures and traditional water matkas. The market also offers terracotta Bankura horses, wax filled diyas, figures of Ganeshas, garden pots — mural-like vases, bells, wind chimes and much more. The
market is buzzing with visitors during this time of the year. The range of the products here starts from R50 onwards. But parking is a problem here, so
watch out!