Khoj in Khurja
Driving for three hours straight, often meeting red signals and encountering incessant horns and honks along the way, when we could finally see the board that read “Welcome to the pottery town Khurja”, we breathed a sigh of relief. The hustle and bustle of the city slowly started receding and was replaced by the tinkling of bells from a nearby temple and the bleating and mooing of cattle.
Pottery is a traditional craft at Khurja which boasts a six-centuries-old legacy and has earned it the title of ‘the pottery town of India’. It is believed that at the turn of the fourteenth century, when Tughluq Timur marched upon Delhi with his army, some of the soldiers moved to nearby areas like Khurja to settle and practised and passed on the craft of clay. We had visited many mainstream tourist destinations before but we came to the not-so-touristy town of Khurja to study the poetry of pottery, here. Also called the ‘Ceramics City’, we found out that Khurja is the treasure trove of ceramic ware which is not only sold in huge quantities across the country but is winning hearts all across the globe. The iconic flowery designs, spiral blocks and hand paintings are truly winsome. Khoj set out on a khoj to unveil the making of the ceramic merchandise. We happened to meet and collaborate with Hari Dadoo, the Managing Director of the Dadoos Ceramic Group, established in 1975 by the Dadoo brothers with the vision of preserving the indigenous art & craft. The Dadoos Ceramic Group is a family of around four hundred artisans who work dedicatedly to fuel the mission of promoting the local at the global and of bringing glory to the town and the nation. “No matter how far we fly, we must always remember and water our roots,” says Mr. Hari Dadoo.
If you watch the products in making, you will be dazzled by the finesse of the talented craftspeople of Khurja. To know more about them, stay tuned for our next blog post.