Cotton Weaving

Cotton Weaving


Weaving, one of the most ancient crafts of Nepal finds mention in many ancient texts; there are also are numerous other references in old books and manuscripts to barter trade with woven products and to spinning and weaving wool and cotton for domestic purposes. Cotton cloth was also used as a base for thangka paintings: religious illustrations and pata (banners), some dating back to about AD 900. The goddess Saraswati who is believed to preside over all kinds of handicrafts is still given offerings of cotton on Shripanchami - the day each year that the goddess arrives in Nepal.

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