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Treasure of Nepal is an exhibition of the fine crafts of Nepal to be shown at Lahti Art Museum in Finland from September 22, 2016 to January 31, 2017


Treasure Trove

Gary Wornell

Yesterday I returned from a 2 month period of research and photography in Nepal collecting material for this show. The post-earthquake and post-constitution problems facing the country are huge, and just getting around and meeting people was a challenge. Petrol was only available through the black market, and shortages of LPG gas and materials have brought many workshops and factories to their knees. 

The Nepali people are resilient, compassionate, and patient - frustrated by their government's inability to solve problems - and still they adapt to a lower standard of living with resourcefulness and determination. I have nothing but admiration for them. I met and worked with wonderful craftsmen and women on a daily basis and have returned to Finland with a lot of new material.

Gold jewellery, beads and silk dress on a Gurung woman during the New Year celebration parade of Lhosar - Kathmandu, Nepal

In the coming weeks I will sift through the video, stills and notes gathered during the last 2 months. Thanks to Canon Finland for their loan of the 5DSr camera which enabled me to shoot very high resolution photos of exceptional quality. 

Gary Wornell - February 3, 2016, Finland