Wednesday, September 22, 2021

National costumes of Nepal: A variegated mosaic


In 21st century new technological trends have put their stamps on daily life, putting cultural values under threat. Each day irreversibly erases the ancestral heritage that the Nepali people have been carefully collecting for centuries. These are traditions, religions and languages that are the basis for the existence of the state. Without culture, there is no future. Every effort must be made to save these values for the future generations.

Nepal impresses with its national folk costumes which, in a variegated mosaic of colours throughout its glory, can be seen in photographs, since January 2018 at the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara.

It has been a long time since the grand project started in 2010. Since then, the scribe has toured almost all districts. This visit has provided an opportunity to learn more about Nepali culture from an anthropological point of view.

To this day, photo materials have been collected for more than 80 ethnic/caste groups. More than half of the work has been done. However, there are still great difficulties to overcome. The current pandemic has drilled a major gap in this cultural project. It was planned to be completed in 2022.

The author wants to introduce the reader with a small excerpt from the upcoming book, National Costumes, Nepal.

I hope that this misfortune which has taken over the whole world will end soon and I will be able to continue my project.

Do not despise your culture, it is ancestral heritage. Keep it for future generations as it is today. It may be too late tomorrow.

Your response is always welcome, both from organizations and individuals, from all, who want to give a helping hand.

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G.N.S. journalist, press-photographer

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