Terracotta is one of the famous handicrafts of West Bengal which displays the legacy of the state in art and craft. Terracotta is actually baked clay which is often molded into different figurines, building material, bricks, surface embellishment, handicrafts and decorative items. It is usually brownish –red or brownish- orange unglazed clay which is used extensively for making of handicrafts.

Terracotta is a traditional Indian art form. Use of terracotta is as old as Indus valley civilization itself, i.e 5000 years back. It  is used extensively in pottery, jewellery, figurines, earthenware, bowls and vases etc. It is also believed that food cooked in terracotta pots are very healthy and safe for body. In Tamil nadu, there is a belief which says, “ Large sized realistic figures of horses and elephants are used by the Tamil deities for riding and they are considered protectors of the village. Blue pottery of New Delhi is a very famous form of  terracotta. It is terracotta pots and vases with fine designs in the hues of blue, which adds that special effect to it.

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