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Nungbi Blackware Pottery

Nungbi blackware pottery is one of the many interesting traditional crafts of Manipur. 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. The process of making 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 neighboring villages, has attained an important place in handicraft fairs outside of Manipur.

Updated on 26th November, 2014


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