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Longpi Pottery: Ancient Artistry from Manipur



  Apr 19, 2024

Longpi Pottery: Ancient Artistry from Manipur



Q: What is Longpi pottery?

A: A unique, black pottery tradition from Manipur, Northeast India, known for its minimalist design and handcrafted nature.

Q: Who makes Longpi pottery?

A: Traditionally created by men of the Tangkhul Naga community, though women can practice it as well.

Q: Where does the name Longpi come from?

A: It's named after the villages of Longpi Khullen and Longpi Kajui, where the special clay materials are sourced.

Q: What makes Longpi pottery unique in its process?

A: ● Made without a potter's wheel, using hand tools and natural materials.
     ● Fired for its black color, then polished with leaves for a distinctive sheen.

Q: What is the cultural significance of Longpi pottery?

A: ● Linked to the goddess Panthoibi in local mythology.
     ● Historically traded for salt, reflecting the craft's importance in regional exchange.

Q: What are some modern developments in Longpi pottery?

A:● Artisans may incorporate new materials (like PVC pipes) in some stages.
   ● Initiatives like Mathew Sasa Craft and USTTAD focus on preservation, training, and popularizing the craft.




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