Bau Truc Pottery Village

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Bau Truc Pottery village of Cham ethnic minority - Ninh Thuan province - it is one or two oldest pottery villages in SouthEast Asia.It is located about 10 kilometres in the South of Phan Rang town.The small village is home to more than 400 families, of which 85% are in the traditional pottery business. The style is said to be handed down from Po Klong Chan, one of their ancestors from the immemorial time. 


People in Bau Truc use their skillful hands, bamboo - made circles and shells to create priceless works. It is surprising that while the Kinh people have switched to using wheel as an indispensable tool, their Cham counterparts on the contrary still rely on talent hands and rudimentary tools.To create a pottery product, a Cham craftsman only needs an anvil, not a potter’s wheel, and other rudimentary tools and molds and then uses hands shape pieces of clay into the work he wants. With skillful manipulations and extraordinary masterpiece comes into being. The material that takes an important role in creating real made-in-Bau Truc being pottery special clay. The clay is taken from the banks of the Quao River and is very flexible, durable when being fired.The skills needed to mix sand with the clay are also various.The amount of sand mixed with the plastic material is dependent on what the pottery used for and the sizes. For these reasons, Bau Truc pottery is quite different from pottery elsewhere. For example, water jars made in Bau Truc are always favoured by people in dry and sunny areas because the temperature of the water in the jars is always centigrade cooler than that outside.  In recent years, market economy has opened, traditional pottery villages are being difficult, some villages have abandoned this pottery. But Bau Truc village still keep their traditional handicraft because it is main production requirement of every household, although the price of products is very low. To encourage this traditional pottery, we hope that the local authorities have to more concern, this pottery more and more develop.



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