Purchase Fantastic Goods at Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre
In 1960, the government of Nepal and the Swiss Aid for Technical Assistance, as it is known today, set up a small and limited factory to assist the Tibetan refugees that came to Nepal during this time. This offered them the opportunity to work, supporting their families, thus many Tibetan families were given the chance to be independent. And through the establishment of this small factory, Nepal pioneered a Tibetan Carpet industry, which is now known as the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre.
The Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre operates under a strict mission statement. It is dedicated to promoting and marketing Tibetan carpets, art and handmade items that are part of the Tibetan culture and tradition. As a refugee camp for Tibetans, the centre does not only provide work, but education for children, sanitation and health care, and helps the refugees to live amongst the general population of Nepal.
Tibetans are hard working people and are also specific in the materials used to create their woven masterpieces. There are many traditional carpets available, but the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre also offers customers modern and contemporary designs. All the carpets are woven from wool and two types are used, namely New Zealand sheep wool or Tibetan sheep Wool. The spinning of the yarn from the wool, and the dying process is all done by the workers at the centre. Once the carpets are complete, they are washed and inspected to ensure that customers receive the highest quality product possible.
Craftsmen and all the workers who assist in the making of the carpets are skilled and very talented. Their art has been handed down to them through previous generations and have mastered every aspect of creating a luxurious carpet that has taken the carpet industry in Nepal by storm. Being able to create a carpet to the exact specifications enables these craftsmen to cater for individual clients as well as large buyers. The Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre gives Tibetans the freedom to practice their tradition and culture, while earning an income to care for their families and putting Nepal on the map in the carpet industry. Their hard work and money made from the factory’s sales has enabled the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre to better the care of the aged in the community and to improve their general living conditions. The satisfaction the workers get from creating masterpieces and aiding their community, gives them the drive and enthusiasm to give the centre a hundred percent of their efforts every day.