Traditional Kashmir: Kangris

Traditional Kashmir: Kangris

In a typical Kashmiri household,the kangri continues to be the main,inexpensive source of keeping an individual warm during winter months. FE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi

A Kashmiri vendor arranges kangris in Srinagar. Hundreds of families in Kashmir are dependent on the trade for their livelihood. FE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi

The mahr'ni kangiri is specially made for brides. On the first he:rath (Shivratri) after getting married,a bride brings a specially decorated kangiri to her in-laws' house. Though the mahr'ni kangiris are not very comfortable (because of their size) yet they are extremely attractive. However,nowadays they are used essentially for decoration. FE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi

A kangiri is made up of two parts. The outer part is made of wicker,while Inside,there is an earthen bowl-shaped pot called a kondul. The kondul is filled with tsini (coal) that is lighted to generate heat. A medium sized kangri holds about a pound of tsini,and its fire lasts for over six hours. FE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi

Today,even when all kinds of facilities,including gas stoves,heaters,and specially made hamam rooms are available,Kashmiris still prefer the traditional kangris,traditional personal fire-pots,to face the hostile winter months. FE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi