Hexagonal Longpi Vase

Longpi Pottery,


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Longpi in Manipur, India, is famous for its eponymous line of black serpentinite pottery. This Longpi vase, designed by CuroCarte, re-invents a traditional craft for modern use. Handcrafted from rock powders and baked in a bonfire, the vase's glossy finish is the result of rubbing with a special leaf called 'machee' and the design inspired from abstract art.

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It is believed that Goddess Panthobi (also known as Annapurna and Parvati) fed the whole world along with her consort Shiva, who was begging for food on account of a whim created by her. To overcome this situation goddess Annapurna created a bowl which would provide endless food and it is believed that the bowl was made up of serpentine stone which is the base material for Longpi Pottery.

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    At First, the weathered rock(clay) and serpentine rock, which according to locals, are available at Longpi only, are crushed to a powder and mixed with water in a ratio of 5:3 to form a clay-like consistency. The dull-brown mixture is kneaded the entire day and flattened on a wooden board for the initial slab work. Uniquely, Longpi pots are not crafted on a potter’s wheel. Every item is shaped by hand with the help of moulds and tools. Once the shaped clay has dried and is hard enough, it ...

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    Length: Ma
    Width: - 14.5
    Height: 34.5
    Type of Material:Stone, Clay

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