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.