Handicraft


Nepalese handicrafts, which have been a part and parcel of the Nepalese heritage, depict the great tradition and proud culture of this great Himalayan Kingdom. Their origin dates back to the stone age when human beings were devoid of tools of any kind. Nepalese handicraft products have been best known to the World for its rich art, crafts and oriental architecture. The skill and techniques of making handicraft products, which have been handed down from generation to generation, not only represent the talent and skill of craftsmen but also reflect the social, religious and cultural values found in different parts of the country.

Being a labour intensive product, it is difficult for one to produce it in large quantity with uniformity and with equal quality standard. In Nepal, the production of handicrafts is an age-old occupation. Novel handicrafts are also developed in harmony with changing market taste. In the last 27 years, export of handicrafts of the country has considerably grown. Thus, the development of handicraft, on one hand, helps in preserving the national heritage of the country and on other hand, it contributes to eliminating poverty by creating job opportunities. Nepalese handicrafts industries have been providing employment to hundreds of thousands of people of the country. It has also been a prime source of foreign exchange required for the importation of necessities.

Handicrafts are prevalent in almost all parts of the kingdom of Nepal. However, handicraft-related works have been adopted as a traditional occupation by the Newar community of the Kathmandu valley, particularly by the Bajrachary, Shakya and Chitrakar families.

According to Handicraft Association of Nepal (HAN), Nepalese handicrafts cover 42 groups of products out of which, metal craft (statue and utensil), pashmina products, paubha (thanka), silver and gold jewellery, stone carving, wood craft, bags and accessories, basketry products, filigree products, handmade paper products, handloom products, ceramics, decorative items, leather products, horn and bone products, macramé (knot crafts), religious goods,crazy/fancy hats, ethnic dolls, paintings, giftware, ethnic costumes, hand knitwear, incense, natural buttons made of small tree branch, stone, bone and horn, natural fiber products (apparel and non- apparel products made of hemp and allo), puzzles and toys etc. are the major ones.

The export of Nepalese handicrafts started from the mid 60's of the last century. However, the systematic export started only from early 70's. Handicrafts have long been a major line of Nepalese exports. Currently, it has been the largest overseas export item of the country next to readymade garments and carpets. More than 20 handicraft products mainly the pashmina products, woolen goods, silver jewellery, Nepalese handmade paper and paper products, metal craft, wood craft, cotton goods etc. are being exported to about 85 countries. USA (which alone absorbs around 25% of the total export of handicraft products), Britain, India, Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Australia, Netherlands and China are its major foreign buyers.

Export Figure of Handicraft Items (Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques):

(Value in '000 Rs)
Fiscal Year Export Annual Change %
1999/2000 309,267  -  
2000/2001 284,400 -8.04
2001/2002 282,770 -0.57
2002/2003 377,944 33.66
2003/2004 427,189 13.03
2004/2005 747,836 75.06
2005/2006 732,627 -2.03
2006/2007 441,493 -39.74
2007/2008 368,956 -16.43
2008/2009  1,237,731 235.47

Source: Trade and Export Promotion Centre

 

List of Nepalese Manufacturers & Exporters of Handicrafts:
 

1. Acme Handicrafts Export Pvt.Ltd
Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4411307
Fax:+977-1-4413047
E-mail: info@acmehandicrafts.com
Website: www.acmehandicrafts.com
 
2. Amrita Craft P. Ltd
Makhantole, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O Box: 2313, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4240757/4244345
Fax:+977-1-4220045
E-mail: craft@ecomail.com.np
Website: www.amrita.com.np
 
3. Aseatic Traders and Exporters
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 4401, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4410765/4410595
Fax: +977-1-4412679
E-mail: speedway@mos.com.np
Website: www.speedwaycargo.com
 
4. Association for Craft Producers
Rabi Bhawan Mode,Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 3071, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4275108/4270721
Fax: +977-1-4272676
E-mail: craftacp@mos.com.np
Website: www.acp.org.np
 
5. Atlanta Traders and Exporters
Thamel,Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 4815, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4427877
Fax: +977-1-4427877
E-mail: quickway@wlink.com.np
 
6. B & B Gold and Silver Craft P .Ltd
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 20130, KTM
Tel: +977-1-44218573
Fax: +977-1-4358217
E-mail: bandbcraft@hotmail.com
 
7. Bagmati Art and Handicraft
Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 11362, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4491080/4499554
Fax: +977-1-4493407
E-mail: bagmati@paper.wlink.com.np
Website: www.bagmatipaper.com
 
8. Basudevay Industries (P) Ltd
Bhanjana VDC-7, Bara, Nepal
Tel: ?51-529851
Fax: ?51-529852
E-mail: viplnepal@yahoo.com
 
9. BN Int'l Export & Cargo P. Ltd.
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 13196, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4263424
E-mail: bnicargo@wlink.com.np
 
10. Cheppu International
Gaushala, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 5219, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4491937/4489593
Fax: +977-1-4489593
E-mail: abuddha_04@yahoo.com, buddha@yahoo.com
 
11. CI. BI. Art Treasure
Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 3556, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5524469
E-mail: treasure@ntc.net.np
Website: www.cibiart.com.np
 
12. Collection & Crafts
Nardevi, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 8732, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4259171/4262785
Fax: +977-1-4259010
E-mail: cncrafts@mos.com.np
 
13. Cottage Craft
Lagankhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5536209/5538014
Fax: +977-1-5525125
E-mail: loojah@wlink.com.np
Website: www.thesingingbowls.com
 
14. Craft De Mountain
Kwalakhu, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 2646, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5522264
Fax: +977-1-5526771
E-mail: teera@wlink.com.np
 
15. Das Multipal Export
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 8001, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4700095/4700704
Fax: +977-1-4700912
E-mail: dmexport@enet.com.np
Website: www.dasexport.com  
16. Eco Craft Nepal
Katunje, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-6612782
Fax: +977-1-6612782
E-mail: ecocraft@info.com.np
 
17. Espero Craft Enterprises
Chakupat, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 10128, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5520449
Fax: +977-1-5549858
E-mail: espero@wlink.com.np
 
18. Ethnic Craft Nepal
Jorpati-3 Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 979, KTM
Tel: +977-1-2297504, 9843290285, 9801019401
Fax: +977-1-5527871
E-mail: info@ecraftnepal.com
ecraftnp@gmail.com
Website: www.ecraftnepal.com
 
19. Everest Fashion
Sundhara, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 8957 EPC 1426
Tel: +977-1-5525187/5541013
Fax: +977-1-5525906
E-mail: evefas@wlink.com.np
 
20. Export House P. Ltd
Dallu, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 7709, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4278106/4276031
Fax: +977-1-4270080
E-mail: exphouse@mos.com.np
Website: www.nepalexphouse.com.org
 
21. Exports of Nepal
Kupondole Height, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 979, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5523608/5527916
Fax: +977-1-5527871
E-mail: nepaltdl@mos.com.np
Website: www.traditionalcrafts.com.np
 
22. Fine Handicrafts
Ikhachhen, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 4439, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5534588
Fax: +977-1-5526870
E-mail: arsjsr@wlink.com.np
 
23. Folk Nepal
Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 7355, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4426009
Fax: +977-1-4252602
E-mail: folknepal@info.com.np
 
24. Freight Links Nepal
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 1489, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4249146
Fax: +977-1-4249146
E-mail: fln@wlink.com.np
 
25. Gautam Gift Emporium
Jhatapole, Golden Temple, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 389, Patan
Tel: +977-1-5537776/5539206
Fax: +977-1-5525800
E-mail: gautamgift@wlink.com.np
 
26. General Paper & Paper Products
Dhapakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 3718, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5543456
Fax: +977-1-4417979
E-mail: gpi@ntc.net.np
 
27. Get Paper Industries P. Ltd
Bansbari, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box 3245, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4370819/2080276 (UTL)
Fax: +977-1-4374234
E-mail: getpi@enet.com.np
 
28. Giftsland Enterprises (P) Ltd
Nagbahal, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 1054, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5534522
Fax: +977-1-5533389
E-mail: giftland@wlink.com.np
 
29. Gurju's Silver Smith
Punya Bahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 1817, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4269843/4241955
Fax: +977-1-4242129
E-mail: gurju@info.com.np
Website: www.gurjuhandicrafts.com
 
30. Handmade Paper Products
Kalanki, Naya Naikap VDC W.No.7, Kathmandu, Nepal
P. O. Box: 10243, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4276137/4276977
Fax: +977-1-4278088
E-mail: handmade@htp.com.np
 
31. Hastakala Utpadak Sangh
Ravi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 3701, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4270721/4275108
Fax: +977-1-4272676
E-mail: craftacp@mos.com.np
Website: www.acp.org.np
 
32. Hatle Udyog P. Ltd
Sitapaila, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4274012
Fax: +977-1-4351724
E-mail: nepalipp@wlink.com.np
 
33. Him Handicraft & Loom Company P. Ltd.
Bansbari, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 20372, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4373202/4373201
Fax: +977-1-4373202
E-mail: himguard@col.com.np
 
34. Himalayan Lotus Craft
Nagbahal, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 668, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5538597
Fax: +977-1-5538430
E-mail: himal@wlink.com.np
 
35. HLK Enerprises
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4253444/4249444
Fax: +977-1-4224247
E-mail: himlal@mos.com.np
 
36. Jatan Import Export P. Ltd.
Battishputali, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 10297, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4474799/4498942
Fax: +977-1-4499610
E-mail: shepherd@mos.com.np
 
37. Kailash Exports
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4258090/4258969
Fax: +977-1-4258292
E-mail: export@tekhan.mos.com.np
 
38. Kishor Handicraft
Mahabouddha-6, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5525098/5540342
Fax: +977-1-5525098
E-mail: craftkisor@wlink.com.np
 
39. Kunja Artistic Bead Works
Kalimati, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 8557, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4270747
Fax: +977-1-4274478
E-mail: kabw@mos.com.np , info@nepalbeads.com Website: www.nepalbeads.com
 
40. Loojah Enterprises
Gyan Griha, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5536209
Fax: +977-1-5525125
E-mail: loojah@wlink.com.np
 
41. Lotus Paper Crafts
Balaju, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 8333, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4350812
Fax: +977-1-4351115
E-mail: paper@enet.com.np
Website: www.lotus.crafts.com
 
42. Makalu Paper Products
Kuleshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 13721, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4279664
Fax: +977-1-4272704
E-mail: makalu@wlink.com.np
 
43. Marketing International
Teku, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 2754, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4261872/4226886
Fax: +977-1-4266607
E-mail: pasamark@wlink.com.np
 
44. Nepalese Handicraft Traders
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 4415, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4434012
Mobile: 00977-9841450292
E-mail: nepalesehandicraft@gmail.com
Website: www.nepalesehandicraft.com
45. MM Metal Crafts
Patan Industrial Estate, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5526539/5531352
Fax: +977-1-5531294
E-mail: mt@mohini.wlink.com.np, manjilpage@hotmail.com
 
46. Myagdi Enterprises Inc.
Thashikhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 8975 EPC 1990
Tel: +977-1-5525410
Fax: +977-1-4220161
E-mail: langhaliagat@hotmail.com
 
47. Nepal Charkha Pracharak Trading Co. P.Ltd
Kupondole, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 13762, KTM
Tel:+977-1-5533197/5532981
Fax: +977-1-5521493
E-mail: mguthi@mos.com.np
Website: www.mahaguthi.org
 
48. Nepal Grihini Udyog
Dillibazar, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 6403, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4419925/4421031
Fax: +977-1-4417182
E-mail: grihini@udyog.wlink.com.np
 
49. Nepal Paper Crafts
Bagbazar, Kathmandu , Nepal
P.O. Box: 3423, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4231729
Fax: +977-1-4231614
E-mail: ritaniwas@wlink.com.np
Website: www.nepalpapercraft.com
 
50. Nepal Traditional Crafts P.Ltd
Kopundole, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 979, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5523608/5527916
Fax: +977-1-5527871
E-mail: nepaltdl@mos.com.np
Website: www.traditionalcrafts.com.np
 
51. Nepali Paper Products P. Ltd.
Swoyambhhu, Ring Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 6750, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4274012/4281459
Fax: +977-1-4271012/4286128
E-mail: nepalipp@wlink.com.np
 
52. Newa Art & Craft
Mangal Bazar, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 7501, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5535446/5525342
Fax: +977-1-5526131
E-mail: newa@anboki.enet.com.np
 
53. Om Shiva Export
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4251559
Fax: +977-1-4251632
E-mail: crgshiva@wlink.com.np
Website: www.omshivacargo.cjb.net
 
54. Oriental Express
Lagankhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 1690, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5526466
Fax: +977-1-5526466
E-mail: oriental@ntc.net.np
Website: www.oriental.com.np
 
55. Palistha Enterprises
Kobahal, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 1976, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5537448,5538648
Fax: +977-1-5538648
E-mail: palistha@ccsl.com.np
Website: www.palistha.com
 
56. Panchashil International P. Ltd.
Teku, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 4104, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4262647
Fax: +977-1-4262647
E-mail: panchasheel2000@hotmail.com
 
57. Patan Metal & Wood Craft
Lagankhel-6, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5522232
Fax: +977-1-5535717
E-mail: pwood@wlink.com.np
 
58. Purna Wood Carving Industries
Patan Industrial Estate, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5522232/5535629
Fax: +977-1-5535717
E-mail: pwood@wlink.com.np
Website: www.purnawood.com.np
 
59. R. Craft Centre
Wotu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4227463
Fax: +977-1-4782493
E-mail: rcraft@ntc.net.np
 
60. R & R Handicraft Exports
Kalimati, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 1557, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4282950/4270350
Fax: +977-1-4282950
E-mail: rajju@yahoo.com, inquiry@rhr.handicraft.com.np
 
61. R.P. Impex
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 4480, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4416095/4250040
Fax: +977-1-4250086
E-mail: beesants@rpimpex.mos.com.np
 
62. Sana Hastakala
Kopundole, Opp. Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 9701, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5522628
Fax: +977-1-5526985
E-mail: sanahast@wilink.com.np
Website: www.peoplink.org/hastakala
 
63. Shakya Handicrafts
Patan Industrial Estate, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5523674
Fax: +977-1-5527795
E-mail: sagar@shcraft.wlink.com.np
Website: www.shcraft.cjb.net
 
64. Six Seasons P. Ltd
Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 10752, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4258999
Fax: +977-1-4258985
E-mail: seasons@yahoo.com
Website: www.silvernp.com
 
65. Tilechu Hastakala Udyog
Baneshwor, Kathmandu,
Nepal
P.O. Box: 6256, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4469487
Fax: +977-1-4469322
E-mail: aryal@tilichohandicraft.com.np
Website: www.tilichonepal.com
 
66. Wean Multipurpose Cooperative
Kupondole, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-5544981
Fax: +977-1-5544981
E-mail: weancop@wlink.com.np
Website: www.weancop.org
 
67. Yak & Yeti Enterprises
Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box: 3548, KTM
Tel: +977-1-4413552/4413760
Fax: +977-1-4410992/4416124
E-mail: yysilver@mos.com.np, yye@mos.com.np
Website: www.yysilver.com
 
68. Yeti Woodcraft Industry
Dhalacha, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 844, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5525918/5544031
E-mail: yeti@ntc.net.np
Website: www.yeticraft.go.to
 
69. Zee Arts
Chikanmugal, Kathmandu,
Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4252669
Fax: +977-1-4253675
E-mail: zeearts@mail.com.np
 
70. Zenith Crafts
Chakupat, Lalitpur, Nepal
P.O. Box: 282, KTM
Tel: +977-1-5521477
Fax: +977-1-5523997
E-mail: amizenit@mos.com.np