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 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.
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.