Janakpur Women’s Development Centre

Arts & Crafts in Janakpur

At this art studio in the village of Kuwa, about 1km south of Murali Chowk, around 40 Maithili women produce paper paintings, papier-mâché boxes and mirrors, screen-printed fabrics and hand-thrown ceramics. The bright colours and animated imagery are both unique and delightful, and the money raised goes directly towards improving the lives of rural women.

You can meet the artisans and buy directly from the centre. It’s also worth picking up a copy of the Master Artists of Janakpur, which provides an excellent insight into the lives of several of the artists and how they’ve benefited from the JWDC. A rickshaw from Janakpur to the centre will cost around Rs 150 to Rs 200.