Multan — city of saints is one of the oldest and cultural city of southern Punjab well-known for Gard, Garma, Gaada and Gouristan . This city is not only famous for its Sufi shrines, sohan halwa and cotton but also renowned for the hand crafted art blue pottery and Tilla Khussa.

Blue Pottery that is also known as Kashi Kaari was introduced centuries ago by local artisans, whose craft derived influences from Persia, China and the Mongols. It is widely accepted that kashi works begins from Kashgar, a city in western China. Now with the passage of the time kashi work in Multan developed its own exclusive, tempted and indigenous style. Most of the buildings in Multan are master piece of Kashi work like, shrine of Shah Rukne Alam, shrines of Shah Ali Akbar, Mosque and Saraiki Department of Bahauddin Zakarya university is the master piece of classic kashi work in blue pottery.

The clay which is used for making this pottery gets from Mansehra, Tharparkar, Gujrat and Pishawar. This pottery is hand crafted with the combination of red and white clay. This clay was getting from rivers and canals earlier but now due to the dirty water of the canals and rivers mountain clay is using to making the pots.  White color is the base color and blue color show a cool effect of the hot weather of Multan. Now green, red, yellow and mustered colors are also used for making designs more attractive. Multani Blue Pottery has differentiation due to its combinational clay (white and red) while in other areas of the world this pottery is made with only white clay. Gas power furnaces are used to heat up these potteries on 1200 temperature and oxide colors are used for drawing designs. Due to heat they turned in actual colors from the black. There is a difference between “Kashi Kari “ and “Naqashi “ . “Naqashi” is done on leathers while “Kashi Kari is made on clay pottery. There are so many designs in Kashi named Angoor bail, Common Kashi , Full bhrai, T.D and many more.  The artisans of Multan never use draw a design. They are skilled in designing directly with their own invented brush. These paint brushes are made through the squirrel’s tail. In Pakistan artisans and do not afford the imported paint brushes so they invented these brushes by their own. Now these brush are available on shops too in Pakistan . This Kashi Kari is not limited for ceramics, Home décor items also kashi work is done on tiles for the buildings and floors. Life of the tiles and pottery is 1000 years. This art is admired all over the world and have its own identity with the name of “Blue Pottery “.  It has handed down from generation to generation.

Yet, the craftsman’s passion is certainly not enough to preserve the tradition of blue pottery in the city. This is obviously unsustainable in the long run, due to the products’ low monetary value and slack volume of sales. And unfortunately, it really seems that the craft of blue pottery, just like the dying craft of handmade art.

Artisans Galleria has stand up with the aim to preserve this art, spread awareness of this art, to make easy access of blue pottery for every one and to support the artisans who are our real artists.