Handmade Tea Pot - Longpi Hampai Pottery - Noir Collection
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We love paradoxes! Magnacraft presents the rustic yet modern and stylish table top and earthen kitchen ware from Manipur. We are calling it our Noir Collection. Black colour is one of the most elegant and the Longpi Hamlai earthenware are the embodiment of elegance.
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We love paradoxes! Magnacraft presents the rustic yet modern and stylish table top and earthen kitchen ware from Manipur. We are calling it our Noir Collection. Black colour is one of the most elegant and the Longpi Hamlai earthenware are the embodiment of elegance. Read on.....
Product: Handmade Lognpi Ham Tea Pot with Cane Handle
Colour: Matt Black
Tea Pot with cane handle for better grip and insulation
Do not use in micrwave oven as the cane may catch a fire
Imperfections and variations in the product cannot be termed as defects, as these are intrinsic to the handmade process.
Colors in the photograph may vary from the actual product due to studio lighting.
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Longpi Hamlai Noir Earthen Pottery:
“Clay is used to make urns, but it is the emptiness they contain that makes them useful – Laozi ”
Very profound words from ancient China. A metaphor that can be equally applied to homo sapiens. A distant tribe, that dwells in the twin villages of Nungbi Kajui and Longpi Kajui (123 Km from Imphal as the Jeep plies) in the Ukhrul district of Manipur, has been crafting this “useful emptiness” for centuries. We bring to you the black earthen ware of Longpi Hampei. The master crafts people belong to the Tangkhul tribe who are the sole curators of this artistic tradition. A mere 3000 people residing in this area practise this craft and have been passing it onto their kin.
As folklore would have it, these earthen ware products were made for royalty, who savoured their delicacies in these rustic yet fashionable kitchen ware. This is a very unique pottery craft endemic to this region. The uniqueness of this handicraft lies in the stone and clay mixture used and in the fact that a potter’s wheel is not part of the process. Longpi Ham earthen ware is renowned for its characteristics like absence of porosity, resistance to heat, salinity, acidity etc. Local wisdom avers that food cooked in these pots imbibes an earthier taste due to the ingredients that go into making these pots. These pots are “flame to table” meaning one can cook their food in these pots and pans over a direct flame and serve straight from them.
The black earthenware products are made from a mixture of powdered serpentinite stone and Sala Nali (Sala Mud) mined from Sala Hill slope. The stone and clay powders are mixed in a ratio of 1:2 respectively. Then water is added to the mixture to get a fine sticky clay. This is the feed for moulding the clay earthenware. The clay is then rolled into a flattened and then moulded into the desired shape with hands and a wooden bat called Ham Kapi. The outer surface is smoothened using smooth stones and left to dry for seven days. The dried pieces are then fired in a wood burning kiln at about 9000 C until they are red hot. The pieces are then unloaded from the kilns and rubbed with the leaves of a plant called Michi-Tang. Finally, a cane And presto! we have the noir pottery of Longpi Ham.
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