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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : More Terracotta - 25

Today under the onslaught of modernity, when traditions and cultures are being eroded and corrupted by the availability of mass-produced goods. For those who appreciate local crafts, it is these art facts of everyday life, like storage containers for rice and salt, earthenware water jars, cooking pots and incense burners, which are assuming rich forms. Utilitarian yet unique, such ordinary articles are as much the result of a folk craft handed down over the generations as of the collective experience and wisdom of the people.

There are a variety of objects specially produced for festive occasions, such a s lamps for Diwali, toys for Dusshera, pots for seedlings at Sankranti and colourful "Kalash" (pots) for marriages.

Many products area also used for decoration and make great gifts. Some of which are ashtrays, flower-vases, tea sets, pottery, paperweights and decorative animal figures.

Delhi is famous for its"Blue" pottery that uses an eye-catching Persian blued dye to colour the clay. Blue pottery is glazed and high-fired which makes it tougher than the others. Another version, the Jaipur blue pottery is unique. Some of this pottery is semi-transparent and generally decorated with animal and bird motifs. Decorative items such as ashtrays, vases, coasters, small bowls and boxes for trinkets, are made using Egyptian paste and fired at very low temperatures.

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