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The beauty of Bo Bat pottery village

Update: 08-10-2019 10:19:47
The beauty of Bo Bat pottery village
Although newly restored from more than 10 years, Bo Bat pottery with unique enamel type has confirmed its quality, gradually becoming a famous ceramic brand to be liked in the domestic and international market.
Ancient Bo Bat pottery village more than 1,000 years ago, is Bach Bat village, Bo Xuyen Chan Thanh Hoa of Ai Chau Son, now Bach Lien village, Yen Thanh commune, Yen Mo district, Ninh Binh province.

In 1999, the archaeologists excavated the Man Bac Archaeological site in Bach Lien village and found 15 graves and 17 individuals and many pottery items such as beads, pottery rings, pottery pots, coarse pottery, white enamel ceramics.

According to historical records, the artisans of Bach Lien village followed the Ly court (in 1010) to move the capital to Thang Long, settled on the banks of the Red River where there was good clay to make pottery and establish Bat Trang pottery village today.

During the Ly - Tran dynasty, the products of Bo Bat pottery village were very popular. Many relics such as terracotta tiles "Dai Viet Quoc Quan Thanh Chuyen" - specialized bricks used to build the citadel, sophisticated ceramic products such as dragon heads, summoned beasts, dishes, household appliances, etc were found during archaeological excavation at the area of ​​King Dinh temple and King Le temple (Ninh Binh).

In particular, Bo Bat pottery uses only a rare white clay called Bo Di clay, only in this region. This type of soil has the characteristics of creating the current No. 1 white enamel and only needs to burn 50-70% of the time compared to other types of soil but still ensures the quality of smoothness and stiffness. After burning, the product is less likely to crack or break compared to other clays

Along with that, being baked at high temperatures, ceramic products are created without lead concentration, ensuring health and safety for users, as well as retaining characteristics, durability of enamel, limiting to be chipped, very suitable for the use of restaurants, hotels - places that often use dishwashers.

In order to create a unique feature for Bo Bat pottery, Mr. Pham Van Vang - who restored the ancient pottery of his homeland, focused on producing ceramic mosaics, based on some famous paintings like Dong Ho, with typical regional and national cultures throughout the country. In particular, there are quite a few pictures of Ninh Binh famous tourist areas and destinations such as Phat Diem stone cathedral, Trang An eco-tourism area, Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism area.

Therefore, after a while, Bo Bat ceramic products have a foothold in the market, not only in the domestic market but also in some international markets such as Russia, Germany, France, the United States, Japan, etc.

These efforts to restore the ancient pottery of Bo Bat have great significance in reviving the cultural and historical values ​​of the ancient land, contributing to preserving and conserving long-standing cultural values of the forefathers​.
source: Translator: Hai Van/
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