Nepalese handicraft has two faces. The cultural handicraft is an age-old practice and nurtured through religious scriptures. However, the development of Nepalese handicraft as profession and industry can be noticed after 1950. It has passed through many upheavals and been successful to develop as important aspect of Nepal’s export basket. Nepalese cultural handicraft is well received in many parts of the World.
Nepal’s handicraft basket is full of novel handicrafts too. The age old skill and designs blended with modern living has given birth to this handicraft. Nepal offers home decors, fashion wear, tableware and similar products in the World market.
Nepal has developed its ability to supply tailor-made handicraft to cater the requirements of the users for many years. Nepalese handicrafts have the features like authentic quality, creative designs, blend of oriental and occidental life style and more important, one-of-a-kind.
Handicraft in SAARC Region
SAARC region has a rich cultural heritage that has provided a fillip to the development of a wide array of craft products. As a result, both cultural and novel handicrafts have created a space in the International as well as domestic markets.
SAARC Handicraft Exhibition has following events which have been integrated with the local event.
- SAARC Handicraft Exhibition
- 12th Handcraft Trade Fair of Nepal
- Craft Competition of Nepalese artisans
- Jewelry Walk, fashion show to promote Nepal’s Silver Jewelry
- Seminars on topical issues
SAARC Handicraft Exhibition (SHE)
SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) annually organizes SAARC Exhibition on Handicrafts (Handcrafts Village), design workshop review meeting on SAARC map of cultural industries in member states. In the event of 18th SAARC summit in Nepal, SCC has collaborated with the Government of Nepal and Federations of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) in organizing SHE.
12th Handicraft Trade Fair of Nepal
Handicraft Trade Fair is one of the promotional activities organized by FHAN for improving trade of handicrafts. Handicraft trade fair that started with local trade orientation in 1991 has grown as International event with participation from SAARC and other Asian countries. Visits of buyers from other parts of the globe have enhanced its importance and value. Fairs like this have catalytic effect in developing handicraft trade and Industry.
Nepalese handicraft has been enriched with the contribution of artists and craftsman. FHAN has been organizing craft competition with a view to expose the creativity and talent of such artists. Each year some product groups are selected for craft competition.
Although there might be slight variation in the modalities of different editions of craft competition, one thing is common in all such events. Independent Jury teams adjudge the best crafmanship. The current craft competition is on silver jewelry and wood craft.
Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal is the lead organizer of the event. The assistance of the Government of Nepal, SAARC Culture Centre has pivotal role in ensuring participation of artisans from the region and providing financial support.
Date: 2071 Mangsir 4 – 8 (2014 Nov. 20 – 24)
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Venue: Bhrikuti Mandap, Exhibition Road, Kathmandu