India’s diversity is a result of the local tribes that have resided on this land for centuries. From Gonds to Bhutia, the population of this Asian subcontinent is divided into more than six hundred ethnic groups. And each one has its traditions to follow. As time went by, these tribes settled in different parts of the country instead of roaming the land. One such settlement is the quaint village called Andro. Take a look at what makes this village a heritage site.
Andro, The Manipur Village
A small village in the Imphal East district called ‘Andro’ is a cultural heritage site. And represents the creative artwork of the Manipur tribes. The place represents a traditional Manipur village. There is a cultural complex that showcases a variety of pottery art from across North East India. Besides pottery, the complex has a collection of twenty-nine different types of dolls that represent the tribes of Manipur.
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Pottery Only For Married Women!
The hamlet is famous for its pottery. The traditional, distinct, and tribal pottery art is what you will see in this village. Among the traditional pots, you will find Walom, Yukhum, Pudond Makhong and Ngangkha, in addition to the Wangkham, Kambi Makhong Panba, Eshaiphu and Kambi.
But the most interesting thing about this pottery culture is that only married women are allowed to make the pots. As for unmarried women, they are forbidden to even touch them. These married women of the village also make vases, lamps and piggy banks.
Mutua Bahadur Museum is situated on the outskirts of the village. The building is not constructed like a usual museum. But different huts house the museum. There is an extensive collection of different traditional artefacts — pottery, coins, paintings, metal jewellery, wood carvings and much more. The place represents the rich Manipur culture in the form of artwork.
The village is still working on its transportation system but has decent facilities like buses, cycles, taxis and auto rickshaws. And the best time to visit this place is from October to February.
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You can visit here to purchase these pots and learn trade tricks. So, when are you planning a trip to this Manipur village?
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