Every pottery product you’ll find at Himalayan Paradise is made at the medieval town of Bhaktapur, one of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley, in Nepal. This city is catalogued as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in its narrow streets the ancient newar tradition of handcrafted pottery still lives.
Himalayan Paradise works in Bhaktapur with two entities which are also collaborators of Mahaguthi and Sana Hastakala. They are small crafts workshops managed following the criteria of fair trade. There is no child labor, they are mostly made up by women, who receive the same salaries as their male counterparts, the salaries all workers receive are fair and allow them to live in dignity. Safety and sanitary conditions at work are followed and the environment is respected, as are working hours and festivities agreed among all workers.
We’ve visited our potter partners from Bhaktapur in January as well as in July of 2010 and we’ve been able to see how they keep alive the centenarian tradition of Nepali pottery, using completely traditional methods and ensuring fair and sustainable trade. This way they use their ancient knowledge to create gorgeous objects both for decoration and for household use meant to be used and enjoyed nowadays.
Products in HIMALAYAN PARADISE: teapots, household items (dishes, cups, sushi sets…), incense burners, oil burners, sculptures and decoration articles made in Bhaktapur.