In winter, Kashmir is draped by a blanket of snow and the bitter cold makes life difficult. To combat the chilly weather Kashmir people use of Kanger— an earthen fire pot with a wicker encasement and handles.
A kanger continues to be the inexpensive source of keeping warm during winters. Essentially made of two parts, an outer encasement of wicker and an earthen bowl-shaped pot called a kondul, the kanger is filled with coal and embers. A medium sized kanger holds about a pound of coal, and its fire lasts for over six hours.
Kashmir people also fill the kanger with toh (chaff) or (guh') lobar (dry cow dung). A kanger is a constant companion of Kashmir people during the winter months. It is normally used inside a Kashmiri closed-cloak, the pheran. Pictures: Khursheed Parray.