BAFA Blue Pottery Collection

Though Jaipur is synonymous with Blue Pottery, at BAFA Factory, our art antennas are always seeking the frequency of creativity. Bringing a complete twist to this otherwise traditional form, BAFA has taken up the challenge of creating its own footprint with Blue Pottery. How? One may wonder, but that’s what we do. Pick an art style and bridge it to another, to create something which has never been done before. Dominated by floral and bird motifs, we, as a team, for the first time have worked our fingers to the bone to add a quirky flavor to the traditionally owned Blue Pottery by featuring caricaturistic art styles such as human figures, animal figures and even contemporary art styles on various products. Brought to life at the hands of artisans who come from a strong fine arts background but were left fighting for a meal during the trying times of the pandemic, every product at BAFA’s Blue Pottery collection has been inked with their perseverance and boundless creativity. Traveling to the place where the making of the raw product takes place in Bagru and dedicating hours to hand paint each product, speaks for their level of mastery and shows the kind of talent we house at BAFA. It's been a joyride exploring the world of Blue Pottery first hand and refining its exquisiteness to create something luxuriant yet fun for you.

Blue Pottery History

Developed at the hands of Turks and Mongols, the gorgeous artistry of Blue Pottery has seen a range of transition and confluence. Treading back to the 14th century, Blue Pottery took notes of intricacy from Persian architectural motifs and amalgamated with Chinese style of glazing. Traveling from Persia to Afghanistan, this artform slowly percolated in the Indian roots through the grandeur of Mughal works. After dominating Delhi through its ornate luxury and eye-catching colour, blue pottery had reached the sands of Jaipur and settled there like a hallmark style of the city in the 17th century. However, Blue pottery rose to fame during the 19th century, under the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, the flavour of which is noticeable at the Rambagh Palace museum today. 

This captivating artform is no feat. After passing through several stages involving risky processes does one get to own a piece of this marvelous beauty. This precisely explains its steep price tag. Unlike other wares which are generally made using clay, Blue Pottery involves the mix of 6 ingredients - quartz stone powder, powdered glass, Katira Gond powder, Multani Mitti, and Saaji, and water. Shaped with great patience and painted to detail, these pieces are then low fired at 800 degrees in the furnace and kept to cool over the next few days. Post which the items are dipped in glaze to give it an even coat and add sheen, following which they are once again kept to dry in the furnace. What’s rather interesting, is how the initial layer of black paint turns blue once the process is complete, giving its true name - Blue Pottery.  

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BAFA Terracotta Collection

Known for its beautiful earthy tones of red and brick brown, Terracotta is a phenomenal form of art, whose baton has been held by every prominent culture in history. At BAFA, our exemplary team of grassroot artists have once again broken the norm of conforming to the traditional practices and add a contemporary twist to this glorious art form. The process of Terracotta involves clay of different qualities being baked in a kiln at firing temperature to bring these beauties to life. It starts out with clay being refined and then mixed in appropriate proportions to sit atop a wheel where it’s shaped using an array of different tools. After which it’s allowed to dry in the sun. x which the items are kept in a bhatti, covered by mud and fired at very high temperatures. At BAFA, our artists journey all the way to the small village of Dudu where this process takes place and then they work their magic skills by painting in different forms on various Terracotta bases. From caricatures to interesting abstracts, BAFA believes in adding a touch of uniqueness to each of its collections. 

Teracotta History

Flowing like a breeze of wind through the prehistoric era, comes the unparalleled art form of Terracotta. Every major culture has taken this beautiful form and lent it a diverse outlook through its use and creation. Though the word Terracotta gets its origin from the Italian translation of ‘Baked Earth’, it dates back to the times where traces of art were scarce. The sheer simplicity of it, is what makes it so peculiar and versatile. Clay, which is regarded as one of the oldest building materials in the world, needed a stronger shelf-life during its use, giving birth to Terracotta. Today, Terracotta is not only a part of decorative architecture and figurines but also used as urban kitchen ware, home decor, tiles, pots, bottles and so much more. 

Terracotta has been used  in Chinese Pottery, Greek Pottery, Mesopotamian Art, Egyptian Arts, Minoan Art, Italian Art and many more cultures. However, study reveals that its first use appeared in the Venus of Dolby Vestonice (26000-24000 BCE). The Bell Edison Telephone Building in Birmingham is a testimony of the Victorian Terracotta architecture. During the demise of Qin Shi Huang, the 1st emperor of China, a massive set of 8000 warriors and horses called the Terracotta Army, was created to be sent along with the emperor's burial, making it an epic work in the history of Terracotta. In India, West Bengal bears beautiful examples of marvelous Terracotta works. The simple process of refining clay, mixing clay, shaping it on the wheel, drying and firing has given the world something to carry on for centuries. Let’s never let the beauty of Terracotta die down. 

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BAFA Paper Mache Collection

But back in 2002, we at BAFA dived deep to study the best binding material to create Paper Mache products that are not only artistic in nature but durable and unique too. With a hope to keep this olden technique alive, we have created a collection based on the ethos of Indian traditional designs. Drifting away from the general practice of really thick designs, that would give up in due course of time, BAFA came in with the perspective of creating fine patterns using the Paper Mache technique. The thin layer helped enhance the intricate motifs across the products. Placed on a MDF base, which makes the cleaning process hassle-free, our Paper Mache products are a testimony to how we imbibe a sense of promoting art which is sustainable in nature and beneficial for the environment too. Moreover, as a team we strongly believed in teaching this art form to others who were fighting hard to make ends meet in their daily life. Be it ladies begging on the streets or house-helps, we took the simplicity of this artform and impart the knowledge of making these products to a tribe of women who could have a respectable livelihood through this medium. With immense pride and humility we were able to grow a team of 25 women, who honed their Paper Mache skills with us while making this fantastic range of products. True to our ideology that art belongs to all, we, together have taken this step forward to bring to you our stunning Paper Mache collection. 

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Paper Mache History

Could you ever imagine a simple sheet of paper being used to make a full-fledged object? Well, hailing from the roots of our neighboring country, China, is the traditional art form of making paper mache. The country that revered to fame for creating paper, brought in a technique to use the paper bits with lacquer to toughen it and make objects that have a really sturdy shelf life. From decor to utility, the process of paper mache which came in during Han Dynasty - (BC 202 – AD 220) caught eyeballs all over the world. Soon the art of Paper Mache turned into a global phenomenon when people across different countries realized its beauty and purpose. Right from Japan to Europe, paper mache found a creative home in most of the countries. Several people tried to create improvised binding formulas to extend the shelf-life of paper mache products. But it was in the mid 1700s when John Baskerville’s assistant, Henry Clay, paved a way to produce paper mache strong and durable as wood. In the 1960s Paper Mache gained more momentum in America where it was strongly viewed as a form of art. But once the market became saturated with Paper Mache products the demand for it plateaued leading to a slow decline. Though this artform is still scantily alive, the fame it once enjoyed is nowhere to be seen.

BAFA Furnishing Collection

Known for its beautiful earthy tones of red and brick brown, Terracotta is a phenomenal form of art, whose baton has been held by every prominent culture in history. At BAFA, our exemplary team of grassroot artists have once again broken the norm of conforming to the traditional practices and add a contemporary twist to this glorious art form.

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BAFA Handmade Diaries Collection

Known for its beautiful earthy tones of red and brick brown, Terracotta is a phenomenal form of art, whose baton has been held by every prominent culture in history. At BAFA, our exemplary team of grassroot artists have once again broken the norm of conforming to the traditional practices and add a contemporary twist to this glorious art form.

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BAFA Furnishing Collection

Known for its beautiful earthy tones of red and brick brown, Terracotta is a phenomenal form of art, whose baton has been held by every prominent culture in history. At BAFA, our exemplary team of grassroot artists have once again broken the norm of conforming to the traditional practices and add a contemporary twist to this glorious art form.

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