Cheragali Ceramics Market

Photo: Sazzad Ibn Sayed

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Cheragali Ceramics Market

Photo: Sazzad Ibn Sayed

Imagine a Doza Market or Bongo Bazar but only for ceramics – can you imagine the scope? Forget the vans selling only white ceramics, I came across a whole tableware market.

If you pass through Uttara and head towards Tongi and Gazipur, you will soon come to a bend which will take you to the Cheragali ceramics market tucked away in a dusty, debris piled corner. The narrow alley takes you to the treasures. Although a little reluctant to sell to retail customers, store owners, after a bit of persuasion, give in to your desire for that one green bowl, two trays, six teacups and all.

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Photo: Sazzad Ibn Sayed

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Cheragali Ceramics Market

Photo: Sazzad Ibn Sayed

You have to carefully browse through their haphazardly stacked dinnerware, glassware, plates, and bowls to find the right deal. At first glance, the place looks mundane with only white ceramic discarded, but you must have the patience to seek out exclusive stoneware, porcelain, porcelain and ceramic items. You don’t know what kind of surprise the next store has in store for you.

Bordered with bright colors, the dinner plates are printed with poultry, seahorses, turtles, plates with geometric patterns, plates full of simple floral vines, the patterns are many but you must check for breakages and mistakes printing. There are also deep plates to serve your fettuccine pasta, in bright orange, yellow, green colors and their price is 100 Tk only. It can’t get any better than that, right? Stacked behind the showy vases are English tea sets, in mauve, dark purple, red and orange. But you need to check that the colors match perfectly with your set of teacups.

Photo: Sazzad Ibn Sayed

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Cheragali Ceramics Market

Photo: Sazzad Ibn Sayed

You have a shop full of exquisite and colorful planters for your porch plants, pots in rare screen prints (like tigers in the jungle or figurines) and designs. You can have them drilled to drain the water from the next store. However, keepers don’t like to haggle over price. It is, well almost, a fixed price market. Even if you insist on not paying for this tk.20 change, they won’t take it lightly. Prices range from 30 Tk egg holders to 300 Tk plates, and can reach up to 700 Tk for planters. If you like table decoration and culinary style, you must try to visit the market next weekend.

Beware Friday is closed so Saturday morning is your best bet as the traffic on Gazipur road is a bit less crazy at that time. With Qurbani Eid knocking on your door, go find the perfect bowl to serve your beef curry. Happy shopping.

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