crafted in India
by Tangkhul Naga tribe in the Manipure region
made of serpentinite stone and dark brown clay
dimensions Ø20,5cm x 5cm
The art of black stone pottery: Fire and Earth. A unique handcraft performed by artisans, using the technic and skills of their forefathers. The earth is shaped into pottery items which can be used from the gas stove to the tabletop. It is in Manipur 'the land of gems’, a region hidden in the North East of India, where the Tangkhul Naga tribe creates a rich black texture made by crushing serpentinite stone and blending it with local dark brown clay. With their hands the clay is shaped into practical items. Polished for a shiny finish and set to dry in open air. The wood fire is slowly heated to 900 degrees Celsius. For 4 to 5 hours the pottery is being baked to the core. When taken out of the fire, each item is covered by sawdust, giving the pottery a black shade. The creation of this pottery is a unique handcraft tradition: preserving heritage, using locally available resources and creating sustainable income opportunities for the new generation.
Support the black pottery handcraft tradition by preserving heritage, using locally available resources and creating sustainable income opportunities for the local new generation.