The Craft Safari’s exquisite expedition to North East India: Longpi Pottery or Stone pottery is a traditional craft from Manipur. This potteryderives its name from the village Longpi in Manipur, India. The material used in Longpi is made from a mixture of 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 formed from these is then rolled by hand into desired shapes. The structures of saucer cups, kettle, frying pan, fruit bowls, cooking pot etc are put in a kiln and set on fire for around five to nine hours till it reaches 900 C. After which it is polished with local leaves called pasania pachiphylla (scientific name) which provides the luster to its surface. There is no use of chemicals, machines or wheel in the making of this pottery and hence its very hygienic. Its also known to prevent morning sickness for pregnant women. Besides its medicinal values it holds an elite status in Manipur and is used during major occasions like marriage and Luira festival.With a black background and few motifs, this art form expunges the “great divide” of practicality and ethnicity. An absolute must for eco – friendly enthusiasts!

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