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Have You Explored This 100-Year-Old Potter's Community In Dharavi?

    Kumbharwada, Mumbai

    What Makes It Awesome

    We time-traveled to simpler times at Kumbharwada – the potter’s colony in Dharavi. Its existence can be traced back to as early as the 19th century when the local and the skilled potters from Saurashtra in Gujarat migrated to the city. Thus, bringing along their cultural, artistic and decade-old skills. 

    Like many of you might have already guessed, the name is derived from two words kumbhars (which means potters) and wadi (which means colony). Spread across a whopping 22-acres, it's also claimed to be one of the largest community of potters in Mumbai. Using traditional and indigenous methods, the good peeps in Kumbharwada made use of eco-friendly ingredients with the most important one being clay. Head there during festive seasons like Diwali and you'll spot potters churning out diyas at the speed of lights. 

    What To Expect: All year round you can get your hands on earthen pots, vessels, ornament vases, bowls - in multiple sizes and shapes. However, during the festive season, you can buy pretty diyas and lamps. You can also get pretty lamps and wall hangings to add a rustic touch to your home decor.

    How To Get There: The nearest train station is Mahim on the western lines. And you can take a cab or rickshaw from the trains station to Dharavi.   

    Known For: Decades-old legacy, art and culture, artisans and pottery.

    Price: INR 10 for the simple diyas; INR 100 for ghadas (pots to store water) and upwards.


    Taking a closer look at Dharavi’s ecosystem will not only help you understand why it’s the biggest slum in Asia, but also help you unearth a lot of things about how this city functions, despite the chaos.
      Kumbharwada, Mumbai