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Manipur-based black pottery gains international prominence

ANI  |  Imphal (Manipur) [India] 

The Manipur-based indigenous Hampai has started gaining prominence in the international markets owing to its intricate designs and technology used to produce them.

To promote the presence of the Hampai across the country a resident of Khullen started an outlet named Craft at in 2007.

The outlet has represented the art at the annual International Trade Fair, Handloom and Handicrafts Exposition organised in the capital.

Due to his efforts, Longpi Pottery has gained popularity not only in the country but also attained admirers from countries like Australia, Sweden, and the

The ancient art has originated from two Longpi villages in namely Longpi Khullen and Longpi Kajui near district. It is mainly practised by Tangkhul community residing in the hill district of

Longpi pottery is made from a mixed paste of ground black serpentine stone and special brown clay, which is found only in Longpi village. The pots are manually shaped, polished and sun-dried, potters collect the products and heat it in a bonfire which takes a total of six days to be completed.

Sasa had acquired the skills of black pottery from his father who is himself a and owns Sasa Hampai Pottery Training cum in Manipur.

Sasa said to be engaged in the art of pottery since 25 years along with his father.

"I used to help out my father after school and since then I got interested in making the pottery and I realized that God has given me the talent in art. Since then, I have been learning the art and have produced various pottery designs and art" Sasa told ANI.

He further informed that his father had received Awards Certificate in 1988 and Shilp Awards in 2008 by as a recognition and acknowledgement for his contribution towards art and craft.

Machihan was also nominated for Padma Awards 2018.

Under the flagship of Craft, so far around 40 to 50 youth from the region have been trained on Longpi pottery and currently, the organization is providing employment opportunities to seven school drop-out youth from the community.

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First Published: Sat, March 31 2018. 17:30 IST