Map of Nepal
Living Traditions Museum is organized into four cultural zones
Humla woman on Buddha's birthday
Spinning off the hip
Patan Kumari receiving offerings
Tharu girl

    Because of the intimate relationship between natural resources and the
    makers of things, the diversity of the ecology from one area of the country
    to another is reflected in the handmade objects. Each of the four primary
    geographical regions—Terai, Middle Hills, Kathmandu Valley and Himalayan
    Highlands—dictates certain needs related to climate and terrain as well as
    providing its inhabitants with particular materials with which to work and
    Villagers throughout Nepal are self-reliant, providing many household
    needs. Virtually everyone learns from childhood to use their hands skillfully
    to slice, carve, twist and spin. Men gather together to help a neighbor build
    a house, everyone knowing the suitable local design worked out over
    centuries. In the deep moist canyons, the entire family cuts nettles by day,
    partying and dancing by night. Women weave the nettle fiber into strong
    cloth for vests, saris, daypacks and grain storage sacks.  Bamboo is used to
    weave baskets and mats for all sorts of household purposes. Nearly
    everyone has some creative skills and the courtyards and porches of the
    village are often filled with activities of sawing, carving, spinning, weaving.

    The range of art objects produced throughout Nepal is extensive, a
    combination of cultural complexity and ecological diversity.   Most people still
    follow their inherited occupation: pottery, wood-working, beaten and cast
    metalwork, basketry, painting on cloth, paper block prints, and continue
    household traditions of spinning and weaving cloth.
    There are over 400 pieces in the collection, donated by Judith Chase, who
    trekked all over Nepal to collect them beginning in 1976.