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Traditional handicrafts by Tharu women segment of local market

NEPALGUNJ: Traditional handicrafts of late constitute an important segment of the economy for the Tharu women of Nepalgunj Metropolitan City (NMC).
Originally used for decoration purposes, a large number of women belonging to the community are making good income by selling their skills.
After receiving training on Tharu traditional handicrafts provided by the government and non-government organsaisations, the Tharu women living in the Sub-Metropolitan City have seen their incomes rising steadily by selling their handicraft products.
Their traditional handicrafts have exploded across Nepal, said Sarita Chaudhary, a local of Nepalgunj Sub Metropolitan City-9.
Recalling her past, Sarita said before involving in the business they used to have a hard time to arrange two meals a day. “But, this skill has completely changed our life. We are earning monthly Rs. 15,000 on average and sometime we earn more money.”
The demand for the traditional handicrafts is increasing in different cities of Nepal and even aboard, she added.
“We don’t have a problem of market. Our products get sold out easily,” said Sarita.
Chairperson of Panchasheel Handicraft Centre Niru Chaudhary said the traditional handicrafts have expanded its market throughout the country.
The demand of handicraft is also rising broad, mainly in Denmark, America, Japan and Thailand among others, said Niru, adding that along with the increasing demand, the production of handicrafts has also increased.
“But we are having a hard time keeping up with the growing demand. Our products are famous because they are environment-friendly, durable and very attractive.” said Niru.
Bhagirathi Chaudhary, another local of NMC-6 who has been been earning a good amount of money through handicrafts, said that she prepared handicrafts only after completing her household chores.
She added that some women earned up to Rs. 10,000 by selling their handicrafts only in Nepalgunj.
Bhagirathi said they were preparing various products like basket, penholder, flowerpot, hot-case, jewelry, tray, dustbin among others.
Women involved in the business said they produced the goods from raw materials such as sacrificial grass (kush), Babiyo grass and bamboos.
Bidhya Tharu, a local of NMC-12, said the handicraft business had changed her life completely. “This business has helped me get rid of getting the job of daily wage earner.”
She informed that her single product is sold at around Rs. 300-500 in the local market.
From her handicraft business, she has been providing good education to her children while living a comfortable life.

Published Date: Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 07:38 PM

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