Pottery-making is one of the most ancient art forms as evidenced by Paleolithic and Neolithic archaeological excavations. An examination of the history of pottery reveals the colorful vicissitudes in human evolution.
In Punjab area of Pakistan, specially Multan one of the Indian subcontinent’s oldest cities, famous blue or “Kashi” pottery craftsmanship is still alive. Made by the combination of red and white clay, the unique blue pottery of Multan is famous all over for its uniqueness, designs and strength. Ceramic is used in making pottery this is considered as the oldest form of art, but with the passage of time and in advancement in technology many innovation and creativity has also been made in functionality and designs of this art. The combination of color is pre-define with different attractive designs like green, cobalt blue, in it white is used as base color and also on the outer lining of the designs. Sometime other colors can also be used to improve the attractiveness of the design. Blue pottery art is locally known as “kasha work” or “kashikari” and the person doing this is known as “kashikar”.
This craft is originally influenced by the Persian, Central Asian and Mongolian art and has originated from the city of Kashgar, in western China. Every piece of pottery is handcrafted and hand-painted individually before heat treatment at temperatures around 250 degrees Celsius.The resulting product is immensely beautiful and looks very delicate, yet it is remarkably durable.
Any single piece will stay true in color and condition even if exposed to natural elements for well over 100 years. Besides just being lusterware, Kashi is known for intriguing decorations, which include animal motifs, floral patterns, and calligraphy.
This craft is very easily recognized and especially famous because in other part of the world this pottery is made from white alone while in Multan they are even made from red clay. Any art of any area shows the history and culture of that region. In Multani pottery the use of the color is related to the historical building of tombs, shrines and different mosques and is the best way to transfer culture from one generation to other.