World crafts – back to basics, Nepal

I really hope you have enjoyed our series of blog posts on world crafts. For me, the journey was enlightening, educational and inspirational. They say that travel broadens the mind, and my world tour certainly did that. I came back so full of ideas, and it was thanks to communities and individuals everywhere I went who were so creative with what they had.

A great end to the world crafts is the final stop in Bhaktapur, Nepal. It is a small heritage town which is protected by UNESCO due to it’s beautiful old buildings, and the traditional ways of life maintained within the walls. Visiting very much felt like stepping back in time, daily power cuts and blackouts mean that you can’t rely on modern technologies, so everything is back to basics. I stayed in pottery square, where every spare space, and even the rooftops are covered in drying pottery. Around the town, I also came across evidence of other crafts being a part of daily life – such as ladies spinning their yarn in little hidden courtyards, and dyed yarns hung out to dry in the sun. Not to mention the tourist stores selling yaks wool blankets and locally screen-printed prayer flags.

"Pottery Square"

“Pottery Square”

Poised to spin the wheel

Poised to spin the wheel

Helping with some yarn spinning

Helping with some yarn spinning

Dyed yarn hanging to dry

Dyed yarn hanging to dry

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