|Terracotta literally means ‘baked earth’ and is made from natural clay, giving it a reddish-brown colour. It may be glazed for durability or to add colour. Being water proof and sturdy, several ancient sculptures in this clay are still intact. It was used traditionally to create figures of deities on festive occasions and ceremonies besides its use in and handicrafts. Terracotta earrings are a favourite of college goers.