Painted Terracotta of Gujarat

Painted Terracotta of Gujarat

Languishing Craft

The painted terracotta of Gujarat is unique for the dramatic impact made by the deep, rich terracotta base colour combined with the minimalistic pattern painted on it in stark black and white. Less than a handful of artisans practise this craft that is unique to Gujarat. The pots are shaped by the men on the wheel; other shapes, mainly toys are also hand-moulded by the men. The painting is done by the women of the family, while the pots rotate on an improvised pivot. Resembling embroidery, these lines and motifs create rich and intricately designed pottery.

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