Handicrafts

The Khukuri is a Nepalese Knife with an inwardly curved blade similar to a machete, used as both a tool and as a weapon in Nepal and some neighbouring countries of South Asia. Traditionally it was, and in many cased still is , the basic utility knife of the Nepalese people. It is a characteristic weapon of the Nepalese Army, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, Assam Rifles Assam Regiment of Indian Army, and of all Gurkha regiments throughout the world, so much so that some English-speakers refer to the weapon as a “Gurkha blade” of “ Gurkha Knife”.The Khukuri often appears in Nepalese heraldry and is used in many traditional rituals such as wedding ceremonies. ... [more]
Mithila art is inseparable aspect of Maithili culture. It is a part of family ceremonies, village festivals and religious celebrations. Maithili women make this art on these occasions. ... [more]
Nepali Lokta paper is famous the world over for its rich fibres and remarkable longevity. Used for centuries in Nepal for official and legal documents because of its natural insect repelling qualities, Lokta paper is now highly sought after in the global markets. Brightly coloured books, albums, frames, cards and decorations made from Lokta have become one of Nepal’s most popular exports. ... [more]
A thanka, variously spelt as tangka, thangka or tanka , is a Buddhist tradition that depicts the divine through painting.The literal translation of the Tibetan word THANG KA means 'recorded message. It is a painting on cotton or silk applique, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene or mandala. Traditionally it is kept unframed and mounted on a textile backing. Most thankas are relatively small,but some are extremely large. Some thankas have a considerable quantity of gold or silver, which is used to highlight and give it its final glorious touches. ... [more]