LONGPI (Nungbi) BLACK POTTERY is a traditional form of pottery that is produced in the village of Longpi Khullen and Longpi Kajui in the Ukhrul district of Manipur, India.
The Manipur-based indigenous Longpi pottery is made from a mixture of ground black serpentine stone and special clay, which is then shaped into different forms such as bowls, plates, mugs, and vases.
The making of Longpi Black Pottery, or Hampai in Tagkhul language, is a laborious process. The process involves several stages of preparation such as sourcing the raw materials, heating the pot in a bonfire at high temperatures which takes approximately six days to be completed. The pottery are manually shaped [see video on Facebook page] by hand, polished and sun-dried.
The final product is not only functional but also considered a work of art and a symbol of the Tangkhul cultural identity. The pottery is known for its durability, heat resistance, and beautiful black color. It is also free of any harmful chemicals, making it a safe and healthy option for daily use.
The art of making Nungbi Black Pottery has been passed down through generations of Tangkhul Naga tribes who have been living in the area for centuries.
Today, Nungbi Black Pottery is recognized as a unique craft and has gained popularity both within India and abroad. It has also become an important source of livelihood for the Nungbi village community and beyond, who continue to preserve and promote this ancient art form.