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A handmade coffee mug. A product of Longpi Pottery. Made from Manipuri Black Soil by the indigenous community of Manipur.
From the easternmost corners of India comes an unusual way of pottery.
Longpi Pottery, more traditionally known as ‘Longpi Ham’ and ‘Loree Hamlei’ is a traditional craft from Manipur, India. Black Pottery, as it is commonly known, had its name derived from the village of Longpi in Manipur. It was also called ‘Royal Pottery’ because only the royalty and the rich of Manipur could afford it. Longpi Village is where the Tangkhul Naga tribe make these beautiful pieces of Earthenware. The inhabitants of Ukhrul district of Manipur credit the origins of this craft to Goddess Panthoibi, who is the mother of artifact-making. The population used these pots to cook food especially during special occasions like marriages. Unlike other parts of India, this craft is practiced both by men and women.
Manipuri pottery is unique in that it uses a material that is a mixture of clay and powdered stone - Black Serpentite stone and weathered rock which are mixed in a three to one ratio. The strength is provided by the Serpentite rock and the weathered rock acts as a binding agent. The paste is then rolled by hand into the desired shapes.
|Material||Manipuri Black Soil|
|Height||2.3 inches (Small) | 2.3 inches (Medium) | 3.7 inches (Large)|
|Diameter||2.5 inches (Small) | 3.2 inches (Medium) | 3.7 inches (Large)|
|What's in the box||1 Coffee Mug
- Natural Product
- Biodegradable product and packing
- Made in India
- Handmade with traditional techniques