Manipur Black pottery is made by Tangkhul Naga tribe of Ukhrul district using a large number of natural materials. These contain serpentinite rock (black stone), weather rock, reddish-brown seeds of Chiron-na and so on. This pottery has been imparted the fire-resistance feature due to use of serpentinite rock. In Manipur this craft is pursued by both men and women.A major ingredient of this black ware pottery is hard serpentine rock, which needs to be crushed and mixed with a few other ingredients to mould into earthen ware. Our artisans have used the same material and have come out with a range of products suiting todays needs and likes. The pottery is such that it can be used on a open flame, in the microwave and is also dishwasher safe.”
What is serpentinite rock?
Serpentine is a hydrous silicate of magnesium, available in the shade of green, black, reddish, yellowish and white. Chrysotile Serpentine is also called as asbestos and is used for fireproofing and insulating material. It features beautiful luster, micaceous cleavage and greasy feel.
Serpentinite rock in Manipur
Ukhrul district, in which the artisans of this black stone pottery inhabit is rich with Serpentinite rock. This district comes under the 110 km long Ophiolite Belt of Manipur, where this stone is profusely found in the deep bottom of earth layers. As per research, this stone can play a vital role in developing a strong mineral industry in this state. Further, it also carries a huge market potential within country and outside in raw form as well as finished products.
Wide range of fireproof black pottery
The fireproof black pottery of Manipur has been successful in catching the attention of Indians as well as foreigners. Due to immense craze towards this fire-resistant pottery, its range is consistently increasing and also contains other utility and decorative items in addition to pots. Some of the Manipur black pottery products include black pottery tea cup, black pottery bowl, black pottery tray, black pottery mug and many more.
These products are
100 % made from clay
made by hand – which in turn generates revenue for locals
raw materials are locally available and are totally natural
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