or Kashi Kari is a centuries old craft which originated from Kashghar in China.
It is one of the most esteemed crafts of Pakistan and consists of hand painting
ceramic products in ethereal shades of blue and turquoise. It is in danger of
being extinguished, however, artisans like Ustad Alam, have kept this art alive
through their commendable talent and determination. Ustad Alam belonged to the
city of Multan and was a legend in the world of blue pottery. He started
learning this craft over fifty years ago and started work in the 70’s. He
established an institute for the propagation of this craft and trained over
five hundred students. He was awarded a Pride of Performance in recognition of
his efforts, and was also the recipient of a life time achievement award from
the city district Government of Multan and awards from UNESCO, India. Ustad
Alam passed away in 2018, however, his work is continued by his sons.