, in Azamgarh District
of Uttar Pradesh
, is renowned for its black pottery. This particular variety features a shiny black surface with engraved silver patterns. The art of making this kind of pottery originated in the Kutch region of Gujarat
. It is believed to have been brought to Nizamabad during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb
A pot is dipped in a thin liquid matter of clay mixed with a particular vegetable material. The pot on drying is polished with a vegetable material, which produces a black coloration on the surface when baked in furnace. Patterns are engraved on the surface and mercury is applied into them to give a silver finish.