Its been my Dream for the past five years to travel to this place, Inspired by the pictures by my fellow Cwcians i finally reached this place called Kumartuli - The Potter's Town Nestled in the lap of Kolkata, The idol making workshops of Kumartuli are run by families that have been into idol-making and pottery for generations: Kumartuli means potters' quarter. During the Puja season, they hire extra hands from across Bengal because making the idols of Goddess Durga is a grand affair. A typical Kumartuli idol is made of bamboo and hay. The bamboo serving as the skeleton and hay the flesh. Once the structure is ready, it gets a skin of entel maati, a sticky variety of clay procured from the bed of the Hooghly. Once it dries up, the finishing touches are given with bele maati, a finer variety of clay which also comes from the river. The idols are always pre-ordered and never sold off-the-shelf.All this for five days of festivity, after which, the idols will be consigned to the river. The clay will dissolve and return to where it belongs.
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