Raichur: Brijesh Prajapathi and Sabir Mohammed, rural artisans from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, have set up shop here to sell earthenware such as "pranatis" (earthern lamps) and other handicraft items.
They came here four days ago from Jodhpur with items such as pots, statues and flower vases, mostly made from red clay.
A truckload of these items has been piled up on the pavement on Station Road here.
Earthen lamps are used by people during Deepavali. Prajapathi and Mohammed have brought handicrafts worth Rs. 70,000, and their prices are not high.
On an average, they sell handicrafts worth Rs.1,000 with a profit between 10 and 20 per cent. Good response from the public has encouraged them to continue their business until the end of the festival. Later, they return to Rajasthan. They also have a good market for handicrafts in Gujarat, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Prajpathi said they have been coming here for the past two years. Last summer, they brought a load of earthern pots made from red clay and fitted with taps. Poor people who cannot afford to buy a refrigerator buy earthen pots instead. The business was good last time and they are planning to bring the pots again this summer.