Manamadurai Pottery in Tamil Nadu receives GI status

Manamadurai pottery has just been designated as a Geographical Indication (GI).

Manamadurai Pottery

  • The clay used in Manamadurai pottery is enriched by the Vaigai river. Making pots demands skill since the bottom must be exactly round.
  • This product is exceptionally sturdy because to the proper proportion of mud, clay, and heating. Soil and water are the primary raw materials used to create these pots.
  • The sand is collected from various locations in the district and cured for two days before being used to make ceramics. Sieving is used to separate the mud particles.
  • To improve the quality, the slurry is combined with the sand, and lead and graphite are added to the combination.
  • This mixture now has a high concentration of calcium lime, ash, red lead, sodium silicate, manganese, iron, and plasticizing. The container is also painted in various colours.

What makes these pots unique?

  • To produce these pots, a specific sort of clay is acquired from water sources like as Nedunkulam, Nathapurakki, Sundaranadappu, and Seikalathur.
  • The five natural elements of earth, water, fire, sun, and air are employed to create these pots.
  • Mud, which represents the soil, is the base material for pottery. Mud is combined with water, another natural ingredient.
  • Following that, the third element is baked in fire.
  • The fourth element is air, which percolates via the pores in the clay.
  • Finally, the space represented by the hollow surrounded by the pot or other connected product.
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