Traditional Kashmir: Kangris

Thu Nov 28 2013, 17:14 hrs
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
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
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
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
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
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
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