Multan's glorious blue pottery

craftsculture   Mar 28, 2020

The city of Multan is famous for many things, but what it’s most famous for is it’s exquisite Islamic pottery tradition! 

Ever been to the stores in Multan and come across hundreds of different pottery items all in blue and white? Well, the shade used to create the pottery in that region has a bright history to it. 

Blue pottery was initially introduced in Multan by artisans who accompanied Muhammad Bin Qasim when he conquered the land. Also known as Kaashi Gari, the art of blue pottery is said to have roots in Persia since the patterns used reflect a strong Persian influence. 

Another aspect of what makes this blue pottery special is the fact that it is handmade! Hence, the intriguing patterns created are a mark of each artisans creativity. 

Photo courtesy: PakVoices

How is the pottery constructed?

Multan’s blue pottery is not only famous because the vases, plates etc are aesthetically appealing. It’s also so much in demand because this style of pottery is hard to create. 

Each piece of pottery is made from clay that is ground, stained and moistened before it can be used as a canvas by the artist. This entire process takes around  three days before the clay can move on to the next stage – i.e being dried and painted.

The clay when dried, is cut up into the sizes that are needed by the artisans who then use various tools to carve the pottery. Each piece is then worked on individually by artists who use an indigo colour to draw patterns into the pottery. 

And guess what? Each piece of pottery is said to stand the test of time and is guaranteed to be as bright blue as first created even after 100 years! 

So the next time you head to Multan, make sure you get your hands on some amazing blue pottery. Not only will the pottery add a cultural element to your home, but will also greatly aid in adding to the livelihoods of hundreds of artisans.