Cham people’s pottery

Tuesday, 06/12/2022 15:08
The art of pottery making among Cham ethnic people was inscribed in the list of intangible cultural heritages in need of urgent safeguarding by UNESCO on November 29.

The recognition was made at the 17th session of the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, Morocco, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Cham people’s pottery is now present mainly in two villages, Hamu Crok (Bau Truc, Ninh Thuan province) and Ligok (Tri Duc, Binh Thuan province), which are considered the oldest traditional craft villages in Southeast Asia. The pottery products contain many distinctive features of culture, life and activities which are very unique to the Cham people.

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The raw material for making pottery is high-plasticity clay of Bau Truc village. 
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Cham pottery is crafted entirely by hand. 
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Cham men participate in the process of creating patterns for pottery products. 
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 Young people of Bau Truc pottery village learn to promote the cultural quintessence of the Cham ethnic community
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The products are not coated with enamel, but dried and baked outdoors in wood and rice straw fires at about 800 degrees Celsius for seven - eight hours. 
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Cham pottery does not have a fixed mold, each product has a different shape. 
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Visitors visit Bau Truc pottery village being guided by artisans on how to make Cham pottery. 

BTA (Photos: SGGP)

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