Watch | Tamil Nadu’s Manamadurai pottery gets GI tag

Watch | Manamadurai pottery gets GI tag | Video Credit: R. Ashok

A video on Manamadurai pottery, that recently earned a Geographical Indication tag.

April 24, 2023 02:19 pm | Updated 03:27 pm IST

These pots have put this village in Tamil Nadu on the global map. Manamadurai in Sivagangai district is known for pottery making. The Manamadurai pottery recently earned a Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

How are these pots made?

The Vaigai river enriches the clay used for the Manamadurai pottery. Pot making requires expertise as the bottom has to be perfectly round. The circumference of the pot and the neck should be proportionate so that the pot sits flat on the ground.

The right proportion of mud, clay and heating makes this product very strong. The main raw materials for making these pots are soil and water.

The sand, collected from different places of the district, is used for making pottery and dried for two days. The particles of the mud get separated by sieving.

The slurry is mixed with the sand and lead and graphite are added to the mixture to improve the quality. This mixture is now rich in calcium lime, ash, red lead, sodium silicate, manganese, iron, and plasticizing. The pot is also painted in different colours.

What makes these pots unique?

A unique type of clay is sourced from water bodies like Nedunkulam, Nathapurakki, Sundaranadappu, Seikalathur to make these pots. While making these pots, the five elements of nature namely earth, water, fire, sun and air are used. The basic material for pottery is mud, which represents the earth. Mud is mixed with water, another element of nature.

This is followed by baking in fire, adding the third element. The air percolates through the pores in the clay, marking the fourth element. And finally, the cavity enclosed by the pot or any related article represents space.

Reporting: Sangeetha Kandavel

Voiceover & Production: Abhinaya Sriram

Videos: R. Ashok

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.