Longpi Black Pottery belongs to the Tangkhul Naga tribe of the village of Longpi, India. Longpi is well-known for its age-old stone pottery art. This art is practiced by 17 women of the village together formed a “Loree Hamlei” Village Pottery Collective.
The raw materials used are weathered rock and serpentine rock, which according to locals, are available at Longpi alone. The two rocks are crushed to a powder and mixed with water to form a clay-like consistency. The dull-brown mixture is kneaded the entire day and flattened on a wooden board for the initial slab work. Uniquely, Longpi pots are not crafted on a potter’s wheel. Every item is shaped by hand with the help of molds and tools. Once the shaped clay has dried and is hard enough, it is taken to an open bonfire and heated for 5 to 7 hours at temperatures over 2200 Fahrenheit. The pottery is taken out when still hot and scrubbed with a local leaf known as the machee, giving it a smooth finish and nice shine.
By purchasing a Longpi Black Pottery product, you not only contribute to the environment but also towards a sustainable means of living for the impoverished families in the villages who make these wonderful works of art.
- Entertain in style with our unique black pottery plate
- Dimension: 7.75" Height x 3.5" Diameter
- Not Recommended for use in microwave