Pyang - Bamboo Containers of Sagaon


Pyangs are a special and unusual variety of cylindrical storage containers made of thick bamboo strips. Crafted at Pyanggaon, located near Chapagaon (about 4 kilometres from Lalitpur), it is made by skilled craftsmen called payee and are famed for their skill and workmanship in moulding and sewing the pyang containers. Tradition has it that the payee were given a letter of authorisation or a lal mohar during the rule of Prime minister Jung Bahadur Rana, which entitled them to make the bamboo vessels used to measure rice and other cereals, such as mane, pathi, etc. Tradition also states that these containers were tested by the state and officially declared valid. These measures are now obsolete - they have been replaced by modern measuring devices.

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