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An evening with a Craftsman (Shilpakar)


Exploring the craft heritage of Nepal can offer you loads of insights into its culture and ancient traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. An interesting aspect of this traditional city is the Shilpakars,  one of the oldest clans in Bhaktapur and long renowned for their wood crafting skills  Bhaktapur’s traditional woodcarver has also schooled himself to experiment with traditional techniques to create modern aesthetic woodcraft embellishments for the Kathmandu Valley’s traditional architecture; this can be related to features such as ornate columns, eaves, windows, and door frames marked by meticulously carved figures of gods and goddesses. Historically, these works of devotional art were carved by generations of the Shilpakar clan, whose surname was derived from their ancestral profession. Bhaktapur’s deep antiquity summons up incredible outpourings of its artisans and one of the best places to learn more about this heritage is from a Shilpkar over a traditional Nepalese dinner after a tour of the city.

Why you will love it

  • Learn about the background and history of the wood carving process.
  • Treat your taste buds with home-cooked food and interact with a local family.
  • Opportunity to take home your wood carving.

What you will experience

You will be taken on a guided tour around Bhaktapur city. You will then visit a Shilpakar who will demonstrate the processes of his craft from start to finish. . Then it’s your turn to show what you have learnt from him and carve something of your own. As a token of love, he will gift you the item carved by you, but finished by him with his masterly touch. He will then be your host for a dinner at his home later in the evening where you will join his other family members. You can have a lively interaction with everyone over a delicious Nepali dinner prepared for you. After a few hours, the guide will take you back to your hotel.

On Request | 3 hours | Craft and Textile Tours

Bhaktapur,Nepal | +91 9818 401 791

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