Man Vilakku (Baked Clay Diyas) – II

The five corner diyas add a more festive look when decorated. Though the round diyas are the traditional preferred ones, five corner diyas have their own unique beauty.

5 corner diya

5 corner diya

Bright colours, glass stones, beads and ceramic decorations,… any kind of decoration suits these diyas.

These diyas can hold five cotton wicks. They need more oil, but give more brightness. This is one such diya my sister and I decorated. We buy plain clay diyas from local potters and decorate them using various mediums like threads, beads, glasses, paints and glitter.

Lighted beauty

Lighted beauty

 To view part I of this series, please click here.

These diyas are available for sale as set of four diyas. They can be bought at:

http://cgi.ebay.in/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300356209004#ht_500wt_1182

Happy Diwali!

Man Vilakku (Baked clay Diyas)

This post is about the plain old clay diyas we (my sister and I) bought and decorated. We gifted these decorated lamps to guests, letting them choose any pair they like.

Diya Pairs

Diya Pairs

These diyas are made of baked clay. Raw clay is shaped into lamps and then dried by sun drying or by baking in furnaces. We buy the plain backed clay lamps from local potters. Using a variety of paints / mirror pieces, glass stones, beads and threads we decorate the painted lamps.

Diya Decoration

Diya Decoration

Below are the different kinds of diyas:

Traditional round shaped:
From days of ancient lore, man vilakku in Tamil Nadu is round in shape. The inner portion is shallow and holds oil. The spout like opening is where cotton wicks are placed and lit. Oil from the inner pit is absorbed by the wick due to capillary action. The fire lit in the cotton wick uses this oil as fuel.

Round shaped diyas

Round shaped diyas

Five corner shape:
These are the more modern version of diyas. They are influenced by the North / West Indian diyas. These diyas can be lit in five places. But they need frequent re-filling of oil to keep them burning.

Most decorative diyas on sale now as actually candles with wax filled inside. We did not take that approach as it somehow takes away the traditional look and use of these lamps. Diyas shown here can be lit like normal oil lamps, with oil and cotton wick. They can also be used as a diya / candle holder for smaller diyas or cup candles. Though, we are hoping that our guests will use them either as diyas or as decorative collectibles, show casing the diligent art work done on them.

Buy Online:
We have also put them up for online selling. If you are interested in buying or gifting these diya sets, please use the below link:
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