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City of saints Multan is one of the oldest and cultural cities of Southern Punjab. It is famous in the world for the graveyard, dust, beggars and hot atmosphere. Multan is the only city of Punjab where 60% of handicraft is being produced and one of it is handmade blue pottery.
Blue Pottery that is also known as Kaashi Gari was introduced in Multan centuries ago by local artisans who came with Arab conquered Muhammad Bin Qasim. In 1861 Alexander Cunningham a British army engineer and archaeologist was appointed as archaeological surveyor of the subcontinent. In 1863, he visited Multan and found glazed tiles from Qillah Kohna Qasim Bagh. He claimed these glazed tiles were made in 900 A. This wonderful discovery was the indication that the tiles were used in a mosque built during the Mohammed Bin Qasim era when he arrived in Multan. Further researchers and archaeologists gave theories on the base of this evidence that, this art has roots of Kashan city of Persia and Kashgar city of China. Due to this reference artist is called “Kashigar,” and the art is known as “Kashigari”. The use of hedging branches, leaves of trees and splendid richness of blue color in Kashi work is an evidence of Persian influence. With the passage of time artisans of Multan have been made uncountable innovations in functionality and patterns with specifying base color white and blue to draw designs. Blue and white built its own credentials in the eye of handmade pottery.
There are two types of Multan Blue Pottery, terracotta and the other is ceramics. Multan Blue Pottery is 100% handcrafted and hand-painted, the material which is used to make pots is white and red clay. Red clay pottery is known as terracotta. For terracotta pottery clay was getting from surroundings of the Multan Rivers and canals earlier but now due to the dirty water of the canals and rivers and difficult process making terracotta work has stopped, and artisans are switched to white clay pottery known as ceramic. The clay and stone which is used to make ceramic pottery get from Mansehra, Tharparkar, Sawat, and Peshawar. Blue pottery is usually categorized for the kitchen, home decor, garden accessories, drawing room accessories, washroom accessories and adorn material.
Blue pottery of Multan developed its exclusive, tempted and indigenous style. Most of the building in Multan is a masterpiece of Kashi work like the shrine of Shah Rukne Alam, shrines of Shah Ali Akbar, Mosque and Saraiki Department of Bahauddin Zakariya University. Now, this art is transferred from shrines to home décor and kitchen crockery. Adorning home with little vintage, antiques and traditional things are certainly worth splurging for yourself too. Blue pottery has a vast range of garden, wall decoration, kitchen crockery and decoration pieces. Always pick the best combination of colors, microwave, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, food, and health safe blue pottery for your kitchen. You can also adorn your home with a wall hanging decoration plates and garden planters. You can also fix handmade tile panels on walls of the doorway, sitting areas, and upward stair walls. Adding these things to give an artistic look to your home. Try to choose some trustworthy sellers who offered you genuine products.
Finding health safe quality blue pottery in Pakistan is difficult. You have to need to do proper research and spent time while identification between genuine and bogus product. There are many shops in Multan and Lahore where you can get quality blue pottery, but if you are outside of these cities, then the best choice is online shopping. Some online networks like daraz.pk, OLX Pakistan, ETSY and Amazon are the best choices for buying blue pottery. You can also get hundred percent genuine and food safe premium quality blue pottery online from Artisans Galleria. They offer products with its history, spreading awareness of this art to make easy access for everyone. Some of its pottery is vintage, theme-based and very close to heart. The range of items are primarily decorative, kitchen pottery vases and boxes for jewelry.