Clay Crafts

 

 

Clay Crafts and Pottery

Indian has a rich tradition of clay crafts and pottery throughout the country. There is hardly any Hindu festival or ritual, which is complete without the use of earthen lamps or diya. The terracotta tradition is the continuation of the Indus valley traditions that date back 5000 years. India also has an age-old tradition of clay toys and terracotta figures. Terracotta work is centered in the states of West Bengal, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

West Bengal is also known for unfired clay sculptures. The Bankura terracotta horse is popular all over India.

Translucent blue pottery is made in Delhi and Jaipur. Clay crafts are deeply rooted in the tribal societies of our country.

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