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Blue pottery – centuries old cultural heritage of South Punjab on verge of extinction

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By Muhammad Aatif Ismeel

MULTAN, Jun 23 (APP):Blue pottery, a unique and centuries old art of south Punjab is on verge of extinction whereas its revival can help improve socio-economic uplift of the region.

Some serious efforts for revival of the cultural identity are also in progress, with special focus on socio economic uplift by creation of employment opportunities for the youth.

The Kashigari (designing) work on pots is a traditional art of south Punjab. The blue pottery art originated from China and reached sub-continent via Iran. Similarly, When Arabs entered Sindh Valley and Muhammad Bin Qasim conquered Multan in 712 A.D, he was also accompanied by some experts of “Kashi”.

The experts settled here and they developed this art to earn their livelihood. Their favorite colour was blue. Multan had hundreds of shrines and other historic buildings and all these buildings contained three shades of the blue colour, stated Manager, Institute of Blue Pottery Development (IBPD), Qazi Asad Khan while talking to this scribe.

About word Kashigari, he revealed that the word was related to “Koshan”, the famous city of Iran, and “Kashgar”, a popular city of China. The art became very popular and was transferred from one generation to another. Due to least interest, taken by its custodians, the art of Kashi was at verge of extinction.

In order to revive heritage........