Trip to the Pottery Village (Artisans of Bengal)
Start From: Taka per Person
In Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, there are at least 700 shops selling traditional pieces of handmade clay pottery. Clay pottery appears to be making a comeback in popularity with new designs and techniques wooing the buyers back. Dhaka, Bangladesh. The traditional pottery of Bangladesh is staging a good come back in a new form of design, the industry is regaining its glorious days wooing more and more local and foreign buyers.
The pottery goods made of clay, which were on the verge of collapse in Bangladesh about few decades back, are returning in almost every home in the form of decorative show pieces and one can easily find at least some such designer pieces in every house in the South Asian country. The traditional potters, who were engaged with the profession from generation to generation, almost deserted it as the utensils made of silver and other materials grabbed the market of pottery made utensils used in past widely in Bangladesh. But, good news is that traditional potters are now applying more creative thinking techniques to the development of goods. They are also testing different options like making jewelry and crockery items on experimental basis.
Leaving Dhaka in the morning, this tour will start with a visit to the National Martyr’s Monument in Savar (35km from Dhaka). In the nearby place Dhamrai, famous for its brass artisans, you can observe them making of various traditional utensils and religious objects. During the Bengali month of Ashar (June-July) the colorful Hindu festival ‘Ratha Jatra’ takes place here. The large ‘Rath’, similar to a Roman chariot, can be seen throughout the year. The tour will continue to Nayarhat, where you will leave the vehicle and take a short boat journey to Kakran. Here most villagers are engaged in the pottery trade. The use of clay pots and utensils is slowly disappearing, posing a threat to the traditional livelihood of these skilled artisans. After returning to the vehicle and a light lunch at a local restaurant you will head back towards Dhaka. On the way you will stop at the beautiful Jahangir Nagar University campus, famous for the flocks of migratory birds visiting the many lakes in winter. This Tour returns to Dhaka in the early afternoon.