Gorakhpur (UP), May 27 (PTI) The famed baked clay or ‘terracotta’ product made from special soil found in Bhathat area of Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district is all set to get the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Also Read - UP Woman Burnt Alive by Contract Killer Hired by Her Family Over Inter-faith Love Affair

Terracotta products are also the major source of income for the residents of Aurangabad area in this district. Also Read - Gorakhpur Police Gets Trolled by Netizens for Photoshopping Facemasks on Constable and Murder Accused

“The process of GI certification for terracotta products is underway. It will benefit the artists and those involved in its trade in national and oversees market,” Puja Srivastav, assistant commissioner commerce and trade, said. Also Read - UP: Woman Marries Brother-in-Law; Daughter Ties the Knot at Same Mass Wedding

Terracotta was selected under the ‘One District One Product’ scheme of the Uttar Pradesh government and will soon get the GI tag.

Rajnikant of Human Welfare Organisation, who is assisting terracotta artisans to get the GI tag with the help of NABARD, said the news has brought hope among the poor artisans of Aurangabad.

“After the work of many years, terracotta artists will get the recognition,” he said.

Terracotta artist Devideen Prajapati said, “I do not know since when our families are making terracotta products. We do not know anything except making these products. The government has started thinking about our art and we are very happy”.

Nathuram of Aurangabad area said, “The clay used in the terracotta products is ‘Kabis’ clay which is found in the ponds of Aurangabad, Bharwalia and Budhadih areas. Also, such clay is found only in the months of May and June, as in the rest of the year, the ponds are filled with water.

“We do not use any colour. We only dip the clay structure in a mixture of soda and mango tree barks, and bake it. The red colour of terracotta does not fade for years,” he said.

The terracotta artistes make various structures like bells, vases, Hindu God ‘Ganesha’, tables, elephants, deer, horses, bullock carts, horse carts, lamps, chandeliers etc.

Despite the richness of their art and the numerous laurels, the artists live in penury as they often fail to get the right price for their products.

“People talk about us, take pictures and take interviews.

But, we do not get good prices for our products. The chief minister has enlisted our product under the One District One Product scheme. With the GI certification, we hope things will get better,” Sunil Prajapati, a 22-year-old artisan of Aurangabad area, said.

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