Emergence of Blue Pottery – The Pride of Jaipur

Jaipur the Pink City is a world famous travel and shopping destination. The state of Rajasthan is well-known for its handicrafts and the bazaars are teeming with tourists and shoppers. The choices and bargains for jewellery, traditional crafts such as the Leheriya and Bandhani sarees and scarves, Jaipuri quilts and the exquisite ‘Blue Pottery’ of Jaipur are mind-boggling!

Blue Pottery of Jaipur

Blue Pottery is widely recognized as the traditional craft of Jaipur. The name ‘blue pottery’ comes from the eye-catching blue dye used to colour the pottery. The range of items are usually decorated with animal, bird and flower motifs on vases, bowls, pots, plates, boxes, tiles, etc. and also modern geometric designs.

Blue Pottery

With its roots in the glazing techniques of Turkey and dating back to the Mongolian era when the art of Chinese porcelain fused with the Persian, the art of blue glaze paint was brought to India (where it was used in the construction and art works on mosques, palaces and tombs) through Kashmir and thence traveled to Delhi and eventually found its way to Jaipur, where the artisans have taken the art to its now world famous status.

The craft Blue Pottery became popular and became the exclusive art of Jaipur under the reign of Sawai Ram Singh. The various ancient and the very first ceramic work of blue pottery can be seen in the museum of the Rambagh Palace. Blue pottery has become the mainstay livelihood of the local artisans of Jaipur.
Blue Pottery in Jaipur
 The artisan’s village at The Chokhi dhani Resort Jaipur provides a sustained livelihood for artisans and craftsmen of Rajasthan.  Their retail handicraft outlet ‘Kalagram’  at the Village, stocks more than 10,000 items of local arts and crafts of the region. It is a veritable treasure house of clothing, home-furnishings,  decorative items, furniture and the famous ‘Blue Pottery’ in bespoke shapes and designs.
To quote a line from Chokhi dhani’s website …. “Your shopping carnival begins at ‘Kalagram’, the artisan’s village!”

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