Lantern Shape Terracotta Flower Vase - Andro Pottery
This long-necked lantern shaped flower vase has been carefully and deftly beaten and moulded without the use of a pottery wheel. Using age old pot-making process, the artisans of Andro make amazing clay items and have kept this age old tradition alive.
Height-37cm, Mid Circumference-45.5cm, Top diameter-8cm, Bottom diameter-12cm
Made in Manipur.
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Weight: Height-37cm, Mid Circumference-45.5cm, Top diameter-8cm, Bottom diameter-12cm
Andro pottery -
A few miles inside the scenic North Eastern state of Manipur dwells an ancient, small, sleepy village called Andro. Set against a picturesque backdrop of luscious greenery on the foothills of Nongmaiching, this village is fast gaining popularity in the tourism world. Andro is well-known for its warm hospitality, beautiful scenery, historical artifacts and the famous local/indigenous brew which is also known as Andro. The village of Andro preserves and upholds the age old traditions, customs and heritage of Manipur. A venue of tourist attraction here is the Mutua Bahadur Museum which showcases dolls of the 29 tribes of Manipur.
Apart from the natural beauty and friendly people, Andro is most famous for its terracotta and handmade pottery. Blessed with a lineage of gifted and skilled artisans, pottery is one of the main sources of income and livelihood for most in this hamlet. The process of pot making is an acquired skill and craft which is passed down from generation to generation. There is more to it than just shaping and moulding of clay.
According to historical finds, pottery in Manipur has been in existence since 4460 + 120 B.C. Pottery is still practised in a few places in Manipur, Andro being one of them.
The outstanding feature of Andro pottery and pot making is it's unique custom that unmarried girls are not allowed to make earthen pots. Pottery can only be done by the married women of Andro. These married women undergo a ritual ceremony known as ‘Thou Chanba’ or 'Job assigning' ceremony after which they are allowed to make pots. But over the years, the men in the village have also taken to and mastered the age old traditional pottery skills.
Another interesting feature is the absence of the pottery wheel or any modern tools and technology. The skilled artisans make beautiful pots by hand which can easily pass off as made on the wheel. A wooden bat or stick is used to beat up the clay to form into the desired shape or design. The finished products are then dried up in the sun for a few days. Once they are completely dried up, they are placed in the fire and undergo the heating process. A natural dye made from the barks of a local tree is used to give the pots a special shine. A Potter usually takes 15 days to give a finishing touch to his work.
The variety of handmade clay goods ranges from tiny incense stick holder, lamps, pots and vases to piggy banks. They earn their meagre daily wage by selling these clay goods. The pots and vases have an antique, rustic and quaint touch which embodies the core essence of this little village.
By placing an order for one of these exquisite items, you are not only helping to preserve and continue this ancient, centuries old tradition of pottery alive, but most importantly contributing and helping provide a sustainable means of living for the artisans.