Celebrating the Fine Crafts of Nepal
Nepal is a country with a rich tradition of craft both secular and religious. Men and women create these craft objects as they have for centuries and continue to exhibit a high level of skill passed on from one generation to another. Their work is achieved with primitive tools in very simple surroundings, and yet the results are exquisite. Little is known of the people themselves and the workshops and studios where they are made.
The exhibition project was on show at the Lahti Art Museum in Finland from September 23, 2016 until January 29, 2017. ‘Treasure of Nepal’ and it presented the life and work of these people through photographs, written documentation, video and physical objects in a presentation that gave a holistic view of the fine crafts as they are at this point in time.
Nepal is undergoing significant development in social, economic and environmental fields and as a result these crafts are at risk of dying out. Young people aspire to the values of the developed nations who are instrumental in bringing about these changes and they no longer want to follow in the footsteps of their forefathers as crafts practitioners. For this reason time to record the life and work of this unique group of people is running out. It is important as a timely record, and also to raise awareness in the work of these people in this age of change.
Gary Wornell is the curator of 'Treasure of Nepal' exhibition, and author of the book of the same name.