Namaste!There are so many beautiful, interesting and unusual things in Nepal that no wonder if the question "what to buy?" will arise in your head. To help you with the asnwer to this question I will tell about the most interesting (from my point of view) handicrafts and products of Nepal that are worth to be bought here.
1. Pashmina. Pashmina is a word derived from Persian "Pashm" which means "finest wool fiber". Pashmina is made from the wool of the Himalayan Mountain goat, locally known as Chyangra ( Capra Hircus). This goat is generally found between altitudes of twelve thousand to fourteen thousand feet above sea level, in the mountains of Nepal, India and Pakistan. These goats develop a thin inner coat in winter which they shed during spring. Each hair is twelve to fourteen microns thick which is about one-sixth of the human hair. This unique inner coat of hair serves as material for pashmina.
From a distance a shawl made of pashmina looks like any ordinary shawl made of fine wool. But in touch it has exquisite fine texture and negligible weight. The warmth it provides can hardly be compared with any other type of wool fabric.
Most of the available pashmina in Nepal is woven by hand in local handlooms. Here you can find shawls, scarves, sweaters, mufflers of 100% pashmina wool or 80/20 and 70/30 blends of pahshmina wool and silk. The difference between pure pashmina and blends is the lustrous sheen obvious in the silk/pashmina blend and of course, pure pashmina is much warmer than the blends.
The beauty of Tibetan furniture lies in the detailed and brightly coloured paintings that cover their surfaces. They are coated with mandalas, lotus blossoms, conch shells, tigers and elephants. Most of paintings have some sort of Buddhist religious significance. For example, the elephant design is a symbol of the strength of the mind and the intellect.
The majority of Tibetan furniture available in the market today are replicas of original designs but are modeled exactly like pieces that actually come from Tibet and are painted by local experts.
6. Nepali tea. Returning home with an assortment of teas cultivated in the Himalayan hills is an excellent way to continue enjoying the flavours of Nepal at home. Nepali tea is of no less quality than Indian tea. Two of the best places to find huge varieties of Nepali teas are Sagarmatha Tea House (Lazimpat) and Himalayan Tea Corner (New Road). Visitors can sample any variety they like there. Among the most popular are sencha and bancha (green teas), Ilam tea, masala spice tea, Dhankuta organic tea. Customers may order small packets of 50 or 100 grams or larger quantities in kilos.
8. Wild Earth products. This company provides a range of herbal products: soaps, massage oils, therapeutic pillows, shampoos and much more. The products are made using the finest selection of organic materials and none of their items are tested on animals. The Wild Earth products can be found in many supermarkets and shops in Kathmandu but the showroom of the company is in Lazimpat.
Traditional masks of Nepal