Dakshinachitra is an open air
museum of traditional South Indian architecture. Traditional houses displayed
there also feature traditional household items. In a traditional Hindu house
from the South Indian state of Kerala I saw interesting earthenware jars.
Unlike the unglazed Indian terracotta ware used for cooking, these jars were
glazed earthenware (see the picture). Later, I learned that in Kerala these
jars are calledCheena Bharani because they were originally
made in China for transporting
preserved foods. Bharani jars would regularly end up in Kerala through maritime
trade, where they were used for preparation and storage of Indian style
pickles. To me, these jars emanate what Japanese callwabi. It was interesting to see three different traditional
glazes and a very unintentional partial glazing used on the leftmost jar.