They are so expert, in one day they will make one doll. And as soon as it is little dried up, then there are cracks, then they will finish it, fill up these cracks, and then at last they fix up the head. Head at last

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"They are so expert, in one day they will make one doll. And as soon as it is little dried up, then there are cracks, then they will finish it, fill up these cracks, and then at last they fix up the head. Head at last"

Conversations and Morning Walks

1975 Conversations and Morning Walks

They mix with some straw dust and cow dung. That is not permanent, but they very quickly work, one or two days they make one doll. Our Bharadvāja knows it perfectly. He is doing already, clay. They are so expert, in one day they will make one doll. And as soon as it is little dried up, then there are cracks, then they will finish it, fill up these cracks, and then at last they fix up the head. Head at last.

Prabhupāda: Then apply this, and then finish.

Govinda dāsī: That's how we did Kartāmiśāyī that time.

Prabhupāda: Hmm.

Govinda dāsī: We made a rubber mold over the original. We made a rubber mold, and then it was plaster on the outside, then poured the liquid hydrostone, then, and put the wire frame, wire frame for strength...

Prabhupāda: That was practical. Very, very strong.

Govinda dāsī: …and, uh, that's how we used hydrostone.

Prabhupāda: The clay, you make a framework with straw and apply the clay. It becomes quickly done. If you have got a frame, then it is very easy. You just apply the clay and then finish it nicely.

Vṛṣṇi: What kind of…, what kind of clay do they use? Is it baked or...?

Prabhupāda: Ordinary clay. They mix with some straw dust and cow dung. That is not permanent, but they very quickly work, one or two days they make one doll. Our Bharadvāja knows it perfectly. He is doing already, clay. They are so expert, in one day they will make one doll. And as soon as it is little dried up, then there are cracks, then they will finish it, fill up these cracks, and then at last they fix up the head. Head at last. Head is not straw; clay. Head is solid clay, but body made of straw and rope. Very quick business. One day they make the form, and the next day they cover it with clay, and the third day or fourth day, and it is dried up and finished. In this way, at most takes one week.

Govinda dāsī: They let it dry in the sun?

Prabhupāda: Huh?

Govinda dāsī: They let it dry in the sun?

Prabhupāda: No. Just dries in the room by the air.

Govinda dāsī: And it becomes hard and doesn’t break easily?

Prabhupāda: No. The clay mortar is there, inside, and it will rise up on account of the straw frame.