Tourism Pokhara. Pokhara is developing as a modern city. In the midst of this modernization, our culture seems to have lost somewhere in fog. Keeping this in mind, a campaign has begun here in Pokhara for the promotion of Nepali creative craftsmanship and conservation of handmade jewelry of gold and silver.
Supposed to be the first of its kind, a training on designs carved onto jewelry is going to be held in Pokhara. A month long training to conserve as well as promote Nepali cultural jewelry is being conducted by Gold and Silver Dealer’s Association, Kaski. To revive the almost extinct classical and traditional jewelry of Nepal, the training is organized by bringing various artisans at same place, Mr Rajesh Man Buddhacharya, Chairman of Association informed. According to him various style of jewelry used in foreign serials are also popular among females of Pokhara. He also informed that Bengali Indian Jewelry are mostly traded in Nepali market while Nepali traditional jewelry have also gained a significant market share in recent times.
Bengali jewelry are used in Nepali market since 15 years. These Bengali jewels are very complicated and time consuming to produce but they have high demand in Nepal. Due to this Indian architects have significant presence in Nepali gold silver industry. More than 1000 Nepali and 150 Indian artisans are currently engaged in the profession, Mr Buddhacharya said. Mr Buddhacharya also complained that the government is not supplying gold as per demand in Pokhara.
He informed that there is a demand for 5 kg of gold per week. “The lack of skilled architects have led to outflow of more than 80 million rupees per year”, Man Bahadur Lamgade, Secretary of Association and Training coordinator complained. He said that the aim of the training program is to preserve the traditional jewellery art and attract youths. Nepali jewelry like Galey Tilahari, Chhadke Tilahari, Maadwari, Dhumri, Chandrama, Shirpatey, Maghmukhey, Sirful, Wala, Taayo, Lahure Fuli etc are in danger of extinction. To conserve our tradition and culture in midst of growing influence of modern jewellery is our objective, he added. Lamgade also said that such training will help youths to get employed in their own country and government should also help in conducting these type of training.
Trainer Surendra Bk said that the lack of local youth artisans in preserving traditional craft is going to hamper the whole gold and silver industry. He added that lots of youth have shown interest in the training and the training should run for 6 months rather than a single month training. Prakash Sunar, a trainee who returned after working for 9 years in Dubai said he would not have gone abroad if he had received such training previously.
Deepak Gahatraj, Harka Gahatraj, and Surendra Sunar will provide the training. Inaugurating the program, Man Bahadur Gc, Mayor of Metro said that skilled manpower is necessary in every field for economic prosperity and development of nation and also praised the training program. In the opening program chaired by Mr. Rajesh Man Buddhacharya , Gokarna Karki from Pokhara Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Durga Bahadur Sunar, central member of Association, Jiwan Bhandari, head of CTEVT Pokhara, Balaram Dhakal from Lekhnath Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Raju Gautam, Chairman of Swarnakar Kalyan Committee Kaski, Chandra Kishor Gautam, ex Chairman of Association, Bhabindra Biswakarma, second Vice Chairman of Association and others expressed their views.