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This article is based on a case of pottery in which a family in a rural (village) district of Majuli Island of Assam, India, was eking out the livelihood. It is pertinent t to mention that pottery is one of the oldest and most widespread items made of clay and hardened with heat. For the preparation of foods, serving foods and liquid items, keeping local-made wine, curd, milk decorative items, nurturing of plants, etc., pottery items are used. In this article pottery as livelihood studied at Majuli district of Assam (Largest River Island in the World), is presented.  The study area was Salmora Kamjanalange village of Majuli district, a typical rural area. One family was interviewed to get an in-depth idea. The family members were earning income mainly through pottery, i.e., making and selling.  The study reveals that both backward and forward linkages facilitated taking up the activity.    During the study, the local people informed that out of 210 households in the village, around 190 households were involved with pottery as their main source of livelihood. The study is based on primary data, and secondary data has also been included here to enrich the article. Since the scope of wage employment was less in the village, it is suggested that more projects under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS/MGNREGA) should be implemented, which was absent for quite some time in the area when the author visited.   

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