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Pottery and Stone Craft

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The craftsperson's of Khurja in Uttar Peadesh have evolved a style of their own by raising the pattern with the use of thick slips into a light relief. Glazes in warm shades of autumnal colours like orange, brown, and light red have also been developed by them. Floral design in sky-blue are worked against a white background. A type of pitcher like a pilgrimís bottle, decorated in relief by a thick slip is a specialty of Khurja.

Rampur surahis (water pots) are noted for their uniform green- blue glazes with plain surfaces, the base being prepared from red clay. Excellent water containers are made in Meerut and Hapur which stand out with their striking designs of flowing lines and floral patterns, often capped by wired shaped spouts.

A very special kind of earthenware peculiar to Nizamabad in Azamgarh district is distinguished by its dark lustrous body. This sheen is obtained by dipping it into a solution of clay and vegetable matter, dried, then rubbed with a vegetable oil, and fired. Scintillating silver ornamentation is done by incising the pattern on the surface after baking and rubbing in mercury and tin.

Alwar, Jaipur and Bikaner of Rajasthan are famed for these products. Kangra in Himachal is rich in clay wares all through the valley while Khanapur, in Belgaum district of Karnataka is noted for its large sized containers and jars. Kutch and Saurashtra in Gujarat are known for their beautiful earthen ware.


Literally meaning baked earth, Indian baked ware of the southern region like large size containers, jars, stools, dresses, tiles etc have a traditional stamp on them.


Beautiful pottery and other ware made of ceramics, is also one or India ís famous buys of the states of Rajasthan, It is  produced in intriguing white-glazed colour with hand-painted blue-flower designs.


Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat , Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Tamil Nadu.


Itís amazing how odd blocks of stone are cut, shaped, inlaid and polished into beautiful objects of everyday use by the skilful ctaftspersons of India .

Hamirpur district in Uttar Pradesh has nutured a sizeable stone carving industry with its rich deposits of beautiful soft stone. The stone is many coloured with the predominance of a lovely red shade. Marble is also used, especially for making statues. 

In Varanasi the work is done by a community called raidas. The range of items include tableware, plates, glasses, bowls, food containers, candle stands, etc.

Pottery and Stone Craft

Agra is world famous for its superb inlay work in marble, drawing inspiration from the Taj Mahal. The designs are either foliage or floral intertwined with geometrical patterns. Models in marble of the Taj, vases, boxes, lamps, plates, bowl and pitchers in delicately moulded shapes  & fine carvings are some of the popular items produced here. Intricate friezes and trellis or jail work done in an eye-catching range of pattern is also a speciality of this places.

Vrindavan near Mathura has marble as well as alabaster products. Some objects are embossed with semiprecious stone or synthetic gems.

A dark brown stone with yellow spots and lines called sange-rathek is found in Jhansi and its neighbour hood from which lampshades, incense stick stands, small medicine grinders are made.

Midapur in West Bengal is an important traditional region for stoneware and the main centre  is Simulpur. Bihar ís very ancient tradition in stone carving is proved by the magnificent sculpture of the Mauryan period. Tamil Nadu has a great tradition in stone carving of icons of classical excellence and Rajasthan may be called the land of marble with its stones in various colours and textures.


Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

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