The ancient craft of black pottery online is a mirror to our civilization. As a medium through which humans have expressed their skills, creativity, and emotions – pottery has been one of the most beautiful forms of expression. Highly tactile in nature and one could say – almost sensual, the process of handcrafting pottery is one that continues to entice and enchant those who have discovered its charms.
Handmade pottery online India – has an ancient history and is one of the most iconic representatives of her art and craft. The origin of pottery in India can be traced back to the Neolithic age, with rough handmade pottery – bowls, jars, vessels were crafted in various colors such as red, orange, brown, black, and cream. The documented origins of pottery go back to the Indus Valley Civilisation – where the potter created pots for storage of water and grains by shaping and baking clay.
Decorated pottery is believed to have become significant in the Shunga, Kushan, and Gupta periods. The phase of glazed pottery started in the 12th century AD when Turkic Muslim rulers encouraged potters from Persia, Central Asia and elsewhere to settle in present-day Northern India. Holding an important position in society – a potter would create earthenware seals, pots and containers using a wheel, mostly functional in nature, and fire them in a rectangular ‘oven’ in black and red colours.
Over time India’s simple style of molding clay evolved to include unglazed pottery, glazed pottery, terracotta, and papier-mache. The finest pottery in India is believed to be of the unglazed variety. Different regions have their own techniques, designs, colours, textures, styles, and finishes. Kangra for instance is known for its black pottery, Jhajjar for slender necked ‘surahs and Kutch is known for pots and animal figures.
Most of the villages of Manipur have distinct features in their pottery, each determined by its colours and designs. It is the Longpi (Nungbi) village though that has taken the lead outside the state and made a mark with its black earthenware crafted by the Tangkhul tribe who reside in Nungbi village. The technique of this art is said to be handed down from the Neolithic period. A unique feature of this craft is that it is crafted without a potter’s wheel. Clay and black rock are the two main ingredients used for this craft. Basically a male-oriented handicraft, this craft requires a high degree of skill and attention. There are many Pottery Artisans from the district who has bagged huge awards in Pottery. They have been in the craft of making black pottery for many years.
At Sangaibazzar, you can find many varieties of the cooker, water pot (Chamkha in Tangkhul dialect), Phampai (cooker), Tengo (Kokthi), cup, water pot (Khoram) etc. Our manipuri black pottery online products are supplied to Imphal, Nagaland, Bangalore and other parts of the country. The process of making black pottery is laborious. The potters deftly mould an amazing range of earthenware in various shapes and sizes. The baked pots acquire a black colour and look almost like metal. This pottery traditionally meant for local use in the village and in neighbouring villages has attained an important place in handicraft products outside Manipur. It is generally believed that cooking in this pottery enhances the taste of the food as compared to other pots and pans.