Hao Crafts Society is a collective of young tribal artisans from Manipur engage in making traditional black pottery known as longpi pottery. This pottery is traditionally practiced by the Tangkhul Naga tribes of the Ukhrul district Manipur. The objective of Hao Crafts is to promote traditional crafts of Manipur, and create sustainable income opportunities for the local youth.
The organization is registered as a Society under Section 7(1) of the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989 (Manipur Act 1 of 1990). Hao crafts has two production centres - one in New Delhi engaged in making black pottery products and the other in Tongou Village in Manipur making hand woven textiles, loin loom and cane & bamboo products.
Handmade stone pottery
Hao Crafts is engaged in making black stone pottery known as longpi pottery named after the village where it is made. The pottery has a rich black texture and is made by crushing weather rock / serpentinite (a soft, dark greenish rock) and clay ( dark brownish stiff sticky earth ) available in Longpi Village in Manipur. There is no use of the wheel, the products being shaped by hand. The powder weather rock /serpentinite and clay are mixed together and made into dough which is then flattened out on a wooden late and moulded by hand to make a variety of objects. In some cases wooden and bamboo poles are also used to shaoe objects. The products are then polished and incised by skilled artisans with the help of bamboo blade. Good polishing is crucial to the process as it ensures that the object does not crack during firing. The products are fired in the kiln for 4 - 5 hours at about 900 degree centigrade. The products are removed from the kiln before the temperature is vanished and then covered with leaves known as chilon-na. The smoke of the leaves lends a black shade to the pottery. The products then accented with beautiful cane work. Thin cane strips are neatly woven through the incisions by skilled basketry artists belonging to Tangkhul, Maring and Tarao tribes of Manipur.
Our products represent an interesting mix of traditional crafts techniques, locally available resources, and contemporary designs. We offer our customers a wide range of serveware, cookware, bakeware, including bowls, trays, coffee mug, beer mug, teapot, Bathroom accessories and other home accessories like vases, Tea light holder and lamp shade, wall pocket.
Our products have been certified for stringent food safety regulations. Hao Crafts products have cleared tests for Ã¢€˜leachable lead and cadmium contentÃ¢€™ under California Prop 65 regulation recognized internationally. The Act prohibits businesses against use of toxic substances like lead in consumer products. Products have also been tested for microwave and dishwasher safety.