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Pottery : The evergreen art

May 4, 2012 | by sneha | category Information
When I hear the word pottery the first picture in my mind is of a panihari walking at the panghat(water resource) and Krishna hitting it with a stone! Ah thats the beauty of mythology #BeingIndian, isn’t it? Well but as we talk about pottery there is a lot more than just the fun at panghat to it. Pottery is an art and it dates back to pre-historic period..well there is no date available and there is no way we can guess.
To make pots one needs the right clay, temperature and pressure and thats it. But to beautify it we need many other resources. Wheels to give shape, colour, decoration such as gold (oh yes gold!!!), silver or other metals and stones and glitter. Now, I am an artee and craftee persona and I don’t wanna sound nerdy but the clay of pottery contains silica and alumina and the properties (porosity, malleability, plasticity) of clay differ according to the cost and the needs. Now just like our life has different stages in mamma’s belly, then childhood, the making of you = adolescence and so on pottery also has to go through some stages to become strong these stages are greenware (raw and breakable), Leather hard (dried but still in making), Bone-dry (0% moisture) and then biscuit (the final product) and when it has to be extra strong there is one more stage called Glost fire.
Now lets try and make a pot! I have few choices here. I can either use my hand, a wheel, granulate pressuring, injection moulding, pressure casting or any of such method. Trust me I am not a potter and none of these methods are going to be easy for me. If I succeed in making a pot the next part is pretty cool. Decoration!! I can do some glazing, can give it some banding..remember the edges of the cups and saucers have a border line thats banding..,I can use some lithography to make prints on the pot or yes yes yes I can use some gold! (only if someone gives me some loan) Glazing is like applying a glossy layer on the pottery which is normally done using salt or ash.
Pottery is either earthenware, porcelain or stoneware. It all differs from region to region as well according to the availability of the clay. This helps the archaeologist to study the culture and to conclude a lot just out of the pottery. ( all I understand is if the pot has gold design someone very rich was its owner :D )
Lastly though I am the Eco-friendly nature ki rakshak (Saviour of nature) I like pottery and I understand that it is not very Eco-friendly : *cries like a baby* . Pottery has harmed nature since the ancient times but now as the methods have changed the harm is growing exponentially.. Hindi film moment *nahhhhhhiiiiiii*!! But in-spite of all the pollution and effects on workers, pottery is beautiful!
Mizoram Traditional Art

Mizoram : Land of traditional weaving / bamboo art.

January 28, 2012 | by Mounish | category Indian Handicrafts

Bamboo industry (Bamboo art)

There are at least 20 identifiable species of bamboo indigenous to mizoram. Some 30% of the state is covered with wild bamboo forests, many of which are largely unexploited. Mizoram harvests 40% of India’s 80 million-ton annual bamboo crop. The current state administration wishes to increase revenue streams from bamboo and aside from uses as a substitute for timber, there is research underway to utilise bamboo more widely such as using bamboo chippings for paper mills, bamboo charcoal for fuel, bamboo art, fertiliser and the manufacture of pressed wall panels.

Bamboo Art Mizoram
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Handicrafts

Mizo women use hand loom to make clothing and cloth handicrafts.The local products are even fused with other materials to give them a fashionable and stylish designs. Mizos are fond of colourful hand woven wrap-around skirt called puan chei, and a matching beautiful top called Kawr chei. A multi colour Mizo traditional bag called Khiang kawi, which is creatively knitted out of bright coloured wools, is a welcome possession. A typical Mizo blanket known as Pawnpui is also used.

Basket weaving is also common. Baskets known as Em, are used and Thlangra – a plate for cleaning rice etc. are made from bamboos. In fact, a typical Mizo house is crafted out of bamboos, dry grasses, mud and wood. A traditional Mizo village has been reconstructed at Reiek – a few kilometres away from Aizawl. Though modern houses made with bricks, concrete and tin sheets are now the norm.

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Art And Craft

Sheer abundance of beautiful handicrafts in Mizoram make it a big hit with tourists inclined towards shopping. The artists are highly skilled in transforming simple raw materials into attractive items. The craftsmen of this beautiful North East Indian state are expert in their traditional art of weaving. The weavers use bright colours and traditional designs and patterns on their looms and create wonderful fabrics. A wide variety of cane and bamboo handicrafts are also available in the markets of Mizoram. Simple yet mesmerizing such are the designs of cane and bamboo items. The beautiful handicrafts of Mizoram are also known for their durability.

The bazaars of Mizoram are lined with shops selling a wide variety of handicrafts such as baskets, utensils, hats, flower vases, furniture and other decorative items. There are several Government Emporia in the state where these items are available at reasonable prices. Most of the shopping centres are located in and around Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram. Bara Bazaar is one of the famous markets located in the capital city of the state. Other known bazaars are the Ritz market, Burma Lane, Bazaar Bungkawn, Thakthing Bazaar, New Market and Solomon cave. Take back home some great handicrafts from Mizoram.

Handloom and handicrafts are the oldest industries of Mizoram. For the development of these industries in the state, Mizoram Handloom and Handicrafts Develoment Corporation Limited was established in the year 1988. In order to acquaint the local craftsmen with the new modern techniques and designs in the field of handicrafts Crafts Development Centres have been opened in the capital city of Mizoram.

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