history can be traced back to the stone age
when human beings were inadequate of tools of any kind. The history of artistic handicrafts
only began during the 5th century AD, when different religions began to form their bases among the people of Nepal
. Hence we see a lot of religious influence on Nepalese handicrafts.Introduced by the Nordic Aryans
, mixed with different groups of Mongolians
, nurtured by Buddhist
concepts adapted the taste of market. The historical development of Nepalese handicraft industry is very old although has its rise and falls. According to the reference found in Kautilya's Economics about various productions and exports from Nepal, during the time of Chandra Gupta Mouriya, in fourth century, Nepal was known for quality rainproof woollen blankets. The blankets were made of eight pieces joined together of black colour known as "bhiringisi" as well as "apasaraka". Similarly the good quality blankets are mentioned in the epics of Jain religion "Brihatakalpasutra Vhashya". Various famous Chinese travellers like Wanghunshe and Huansang in 648 AD have appreciated Nepalese arts and crafts and the skills of Nepalese craftsmen and artisans in their travelogues.
From the beginning up to the mid-nineteenth century, the rulers of the country promoted national industries and trade to various measures of production, promotion and encouragement. Saving national industry only imported commodities which were... Read More