The rari, a hardy woollen rug and blanket, has been used throughout Nepal for as long as people can remember. A long established source of income, it is based on the extraordinary skill of the Gurung weavers who very probably brought about the first recorded trade transactions from Nepal - namely, the export of woollen blankets to India in the third century AD. An essential part of every home, it is put to many uses, though its specific, ritually prescribed use is limited to periods of birth and mourning. It is an important part of the dowry. Rari weaving has its roots in antiquity and it is the best known of all woollen woven items. Its weaving is so common and widespread in Nepal that it is practised in most villages in the high and mid-hill regions.
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