This study is being undertaken to facilitate the revival of
the dying craft of the Blue Pottery of Delhi. The broad objective of the study
is to analyse the origin and the present status of the craft, current
socio-economic conditions of the craftsperson, and the major problems and
challenges affecting the growth and development of Blue Pottery of Delhi in
particular, and the craft sector, in general.
Blue Pottery of Delhi is one of the many languishing crafts
of India of India. It is a distinct stoneware pottery a with rich glazed blue
surface, and beautifully painted Mogul motifs in shades of blue and other
colours as accents, on a clear, white body. The craft is of Persian descent,
brought to India by the Pathan rulers, who got artisans from Persia to make
glazed blue tiles and jalis to adorn their magnificent architecture.
Once a flourishing craft, Blue Pottery of Delhi is today on
the verge of extinction; with only one practising craftsman left, the future of
the craft seems uncertain.
There are many problems enveloping the craft: problems
pertaining to design development and transfer of skill; lack of proper
marketing, declining demand; non availability of good quality raw material;
want of incentives from the government, etc. This study tries to analyse the
situation and bring to the fore the issue threatening the existence of the
STUDY AREAS AND
Geographical location of the area
Historical background of the craft and the region
Social, cultural, economic, and health issues
Production process: material, tools, equipment, and
design and quality
Marketing, packaging, and economics
Softer issues of occupational health hazards, development,
education and gender issues
Identifying problem areas and suggesting alternatives.
Systematic gathering and processing of data to reassert the
value of the craft include:
Collection of existing information from: magazine articles;
Interview with the artisan
Visit to the workshop
Collection of samples of raw material.
products in stock.
The information gathered was sorted and compiled into a
Unfortunately the process could not be covered as the work was suspended due to
rains at the time of field study. However, the process, as described by the
artisan has been included in the document.
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