Kashigari The Fading Art

Kashigari is one of the oldest handicrafts of Sindh. This is a Persian word and Iran is one of the main centres of this traditional art. Kashigari is a term applied to enamelled work on a terracotta base. A special technique is applied to prepare the blue colour from a mixture of cobalt oxide and copper oxide. These materials have become very expensive, hence, artisans are reluctant to use the technique.
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Kashigari has always been an essential decorative element in Mosques and shrines, but modern tiles have eclipsed this tradition. It’s a fact that the modern, manufactured ceramic tiles are more durable and perfect, but imperfections are beautiful and that’s what makes Kashigari so unique and stand out as an art. The passion and time artisans give to this cannot be compared. Although modern tiles have more lustres and a greater variety of designs and patterns. When looked at from a distance, the handmade Kashi tiles are more impressive and beautiful.
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In Pakistan the main centres of Kashigari are Multan, Lahore, Thatta,Hala, Nasarpur and Dera Ismail Khan. However, due to lack of resources, the art is fading. At Ishq we are about saving indigenous crafts of Pakistan and worked closely with Tevta to revive the fading art of Kashigari .