Terracotta is a ceramic material that has been used for building construction and decorative arts since ancient times in cultures around the world. Literally translating to 'baked earth', it is made from natural clay, which gives it a characteristic reddish-brown color.
Located in the state of Rajasthan, Molela is famous for a unique style of ceramics. The Kumhars (potters) of Molela make an assortment of devotional plaques, large panels depicting rural village scenes and smaller items such as temple bells and domestic ware but it is the hand-modelled, hollow relief votive plaques that they are most famous for. These products make for extremely charming visual narratives of their customs and everyday life.