Durable earthen ware of Moolampilly
Story Dated: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 22:2 hrs IST
This relatively lesser known village, surrounded by backwaters, has one thing to achieve fame - its durable earthen ware. In the early 70's, the joke that made the rounds in the retail market was the comparison of clay pots of Moolampilly to that of bombs made in Pakistan that never exploded on dropping.
The Moolampilly earthen pot has its own charm and durability. The goodwill built over generations gave birth to a society namely the Moolampilly Kaliman Society way back in 1962.
It is said that it was the AngloIndian community that started the pot-making in Moolampilly. The specialties of Moolampilly pots are that they are fully handmade. Three decades back they also started manufacturing Tandoori ovens and today most of such ovens under use in renowned five star hotels bear the Moolampilly trademark.
Earlier, about 100 odd families of the island were engaged in pot making but toady, the figure has come down drastically. The Society with its rundown factory is trying to revamp the business with the help of some Christian missionary groups.