The skill for creating blue pottery, also known as Kashi work, was introduced centuries ago by local artisans, whose craft derived influences from Persia, Central Asia and the Mongols. It is widely believed that Kashi works originates from Kashgar, a city in western China. But over a period of centuries, Kashi work in Multan developed its own unique, indigenous style.
The maestro of the craft, like Ustad Muhammad Alam, continues to preserve and promote blue pottery.
Ustad Alam has numerous awards for his craft which include pride of performance, awards from UNESCO India and a life time achievement award from city district Government of Multan. Ustad Alam has taught and trained more than 500 students.His passion for the craft has only increased with time from the time he first started to learn the craft more than 50 years ago.