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Carpets in Patan

Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre

Anyone who appreciates carpets should visit this Tibetan refugee cooperative, where Nepal’s enormous carpet industry was essentially born in 1960. You can watch the carpet-makers at work (the centre employs 1000 ref…
Arts & Crafts in Janakpur

Janakpur Women’s Development Centre

At the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre, just outside Janakpur in the village of Kuwa. Around 40 Mithila women produce paper paintings, papier-mâché boxes and mirrors, screen-printed fabrics and hand-thrown ceram…
Fair Trade in Patan

Kumbeshwar Technical School

Near the Kumbeshwar Temple in the backstreets of Patan, this small workshop provides disadvantaged low-caste families (primarily the pode or streetsweepers' caste) with training, education and a livelihood, producin…
Fair Trade in Patan

Mahaguthi

Mahaguthi was founded by a Nepali disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and its Kupondol showroom is a treasure house of dhaka weavings, handmade paper, ceramics, block prints, pashminas, woodcrafts, jewellery, knitwear, statu…
Art in Patan

Image Ark

This bright and colourful modern gallery in Patan's old town casts a light on Nepali multimedia and pop art, selling both limited-edition prints and cheaper cards. It's next to the Uma Maheshwar Temple and is a nice…
Fair Trade in Patan

Dhukuti

Dhukuti packs in three floors of home furnishings, textiles, shawls, scarves, bags and rugs from the Nupri region of Manaslu, and even has Christmas decorations, created by over 1200 low-income producers. It's proba…
Arts & Crafts in Bhaktapur

Peacock Shop

This paper emporium is near the Peacock Window, down the side of Pujari Math. The on-site paper workshop was badly damaged by the 2015 earthquake but the owners are repairing the attached shop and this should still …
Homewares in Kathmandu

Mahaguthi

Good range of crafts and home furnishings, much of it made by disadvantaged or minority groups, with nice batiks made by paralysed women. There’s a larger outlet and collection of other fair-trade stores in Kopundol…
Arts & Crafts in Pokhara

Women's Skills Development Organisation

The woven and stitched bags, belts and toys display real skill and care and make a great souvenir. Sales help generate income for disadvantaged women across rural Nepal. There's a branch in Lakeside Central (above S…
Arts & Crafts in Patan

Patan Industrial Estate

Despite the unpromising name, this tourist-oriented crafts complex boasts a number of workshop showrooms selling high-quality carpets, woodcarvings and metalwork, if you have a special interest. It’s around 500m sou…