1. Glass Bead Work
Glass bead work producing necklaces, bracelets, bangles, brooch, purses are adapted from the traditional skill of making Tilahari ( The twisted necklace of green and red in color bead specially worn by married women as symbol of “Married” status. It is deeply rooted Nepalese cultural objects as of “Tilahari” worn with a piece of gold pendant known as ” Mangal Sutra” which every Nepalese women aspire for. These skills and objects are of a muslim community when they originally migrated to the Valley several hundred years ago. The artifacts are still in higher demand locally specially one can observe Nepalese women wearing with red sarees, kurta on the festival of ” TeeJ’ which again the festival itself bears high significance in Nepalese culture.
These artworks and skill later adapted to produce products like ear rings, bracelets, necklaces, hair pins, tea coasters, mobile bags, and party bags to match the taste of western consumers by introducing western taste color combination. In view of growing demand in the western market specially in North America the national federation of artisans ” Federation of Handicraft Associations ” has been conducting skill training for women on how to make glass bead bracelets, necklace etc and has trained thousands of women for the last ten years. This has become important skill to create jobs, raise income for many. But, as the number of skilled women grew, the production of it also grew and many artisans/women are confused where to market since the modified version of products have no local market. Thus, artisans always are keep looking for export and they usually sell from different channels.
Therefore, Third World Craft Nepal gathered these trained women and have been helping them to market abroad via online and offline channel since 1999. At the moment, Third World Craft Nepal directly support 200 women under several groups scattered around. The women keep constantly producing new color effects and designs. .
Mrs. Lalita Rajbhandari who now is at her early 60s, is one of the eldest producers benefiting from Third World Craft Nepal. Her husband died few years ago left with two daughters and son. She supports her family all by herself through selling handicraft products. Rich with various crafts skills such as crotchet, knitting, bead work and candy making, she has seen ups and down in her business and continuously struggles with adapting ranges of new products to sustain her business. She regularly receives design and fashionable products information inputs from Third World Craft Nepal.
She recalls her memory back to 30 years when she was earning 2 $ in a month for selling her artifacts. With basic literacy only and determination, she raised herself from a producer to a successful entrepreneur. She provides jobs for around 50 women (full time and seasonal). She has now set up a business Rajbhandari Crutch Craft center but markets her products from different fair trade channel in Kathmandu among which Third World Craft Nepal is one from where she gets regular order. She has trained many new comers in this business. Mrs. Raj Bhandari can quickly produce any design she is asked for.
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