Souvenirs from Nepal
Visitors to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal are often struck by the quality of the goods offered by the local artisans, and take home many examples as Nepali souvenirs. Pashmina, woven from the soft inner wool of the Himalayan lamb, is a prized commodity for its lush textures and is turned into luxury goods for sale throughout the world. Purchasing a pashmina scarf, sweater or coat while in the country can be an excellent deal. Jewelry, made from precious metals and stones mined from the mountains, is another fantastic souvenir from Nepal, especially when created in delicate regional motifs. Look for turquoise pieces, made into jewelry or home decor items. Another popular item is the sacred scroll paintings, full of myths and pictures of deities, found in many of the cities. Of course, a fantastic postcard in a woven picture frame, beaded key chain or refrigerator magnet would make for a fine piece of memorabilia.
Wood carvings from Kathmandu are prized throughout the nation, and the world, for their intricate designs and sturdy craftsmanship. The fine scrollwork enhances picture and mirror frames, doors and windows, and is also used to decorate small boxes, trays and screens. For those looking smaller, but no less exquisite, souvenirs from Nepal, small bags of tea and kitchen spices would be a wonderful present, allowing the recipient to add some divine flavor to their everyday meals. A gift of a clay jug or serving bowl would be another thoughtful item to pick up in the markets. Woven fabrics and beautiful silks from nearby lands could be made into clothing or household linens, enhancing everyday life with a touch of your vacation. Handmade lokta paper, woven bags made from hemp fibers, sheepskin slippers and leather belts are just a few other ideas for Nepali souvenirs that reflect the culture and heritage of the country.