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AboutMandala Craft, a willingness of a group of friends and family to introduce the Nepalese and Tibetan art, Culture, rituals and its life style. Its product made by them which is gifted from their ancient to them, want to flourish this product around the world. Collect the product from the inner place of the Nepal and Tibet and dedicated to all the lover of the Handicrafts and especially the one who have some felling of help to the Women and Social organization. Because we are the one who also want to help them. Thank You....
Mandala Craft Operates from Kathmandu City-“Bhaktapur”, Nepal to the World.
Utilization of Hand Crafts Product from Small Place to Worldwide.
To provide qualitative, good and better products.
To prove training and employment opportunity.
To help Social Organization and women.
Supply Product in time and within reliable price.
Mr. Ajit Twayana/Business Development (MBS, Tribhuvan University)
Mr. Sanjeet Twayana/Adviser (MBS, Indira Gandhi National Open University)
Mr. Prabin Shrestha/ Operation Manager(MBS, Tribhuvan University)
Miss. Sajana Bhadra /Purchase & Finance (HSEB)
Miss. Reena Koju/ Marketing (BBS, Tribhuvan University)
Miss. Sebika Dahal/Receptionist (SLC)
Our Main Objective:
We always do our best to providing the best services to all of our valuable customers.
Be our customer made a great choice and their right decision.
We assure the price that given to you are the best and the competitively price in their category.
Your satisfication is always our main priority.
Meaning of Handicraft:
Handicraft a creations, crafts and arts made by hands, requires skill labor with the absence of simple tools with traditional in nature.
According to the Mandala Craft :“An industry that manufactures a product reflecting the country’s tradition, art and culture, uses labor intensive specialized skills, uses indigenous raw material and resources”
According to The History Of Nepal:
The historical development of Nepalese craft and cottage industry, though very old, is full of ups and down. A reference is found in Kautilya’s Economics about various production and export from Nepal. During the time of Chandra Gupta Mouriya in forth century there was considerable trade in blanket of wool, Nepal was mentioned as a source of good blankets. It was rainproof blanket made of eight pieces joined together of black color known as “bhiringisi” as well as “apasaraka”. In the same way it was mentioned in the epics of Jain religion “Brihatakalpasutra Vhashya” that good quality of woolen blanket were available in Nepal. Various famous Chinese travellers (Wangunshe and Huansang 648 A.D.) had highly appreciated many skills of Nepalese craftsmen and artisans in travelogues. Right from the very beginning up to the mid nineteenth century the rulers of the country to promote national industries and trade did adopt various measures of production, promotion and encouragement. To save national industries, only those commodities were imported which were not produced locally.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century Nepalese arts and crafts in particular the entire home based industries in general suffered a lot due to the general liberal import policy of the government. Before British could establish their regime over India and entered in to place treaty with Tibet in 1904 A.D. Nepal was interpret and the main route for Tibet, external trade with other countries. But the treaty os 1904 A.D. facilitated the Britishers to open a new route between India and Tibet through Chumbic Valley plus the trade route treaty of 1923 A.D. between Nepal and British India, which was not in favour of Nepal and had very unfavorable effects both on industries and on flourishing trade of the country.
But the unusual demand for all consumer goods prior to and during the World Was IInd provided a respite to the dying Nepalese industries. Moreover the government of the day realized the necessity of some and, eans to promote industries in Nepal. As a result of the realization, “Industrial Council” was set up in 1935 A.D. Later on “Nepalese Cloth and cooage Industries Publicity Office” was established in 1939 A.D. As it is clear from its name, the office was the only government effort for promoting cottage industries.
Besides the government efforts there were some individual “Gandhin Social Workers” who regarded spinning & weaving as potential weapon to flight against dehumanizing poverty of the masses and Rana’s dictatorship. Tulsi Meher tops the list of such people. He is the man who also got the “Nehru Purushkar” of the year i.e. 1978 A.D. For the first time, it was advocated to executive spinning and weaving as composite work and not separates.
Kautilya spoke in praise of all Nepalese home made goods including handloom products. Weaving is practiced by all most all communities of the hills and valleys e.g. newars, gurungs, magar, bhote, Sherpa, rai, limbu and tharu of Tarai.
Kerk Patrick who came to visit Nepal in 1793 A.D. wrote in his book, “An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal”, the newars are expert in cottage industries. As far as cloth is concerned, they make rough course kind of it partly for use and partly for export. The cotton needed for it is produced in Nuwakot of Madhesh. Thus even as late as 1816 A.D. Nepal was not only self sufficient in her requirement of cloths, but had surplus for export also. Thus up to the end of 19th century, Nepalese people were self sufficient to meet the requirement of cloth through the production of handloom which was flourishing and promising cottage and small scale industry of Nepal at that time. After the treaty of Sugafuli in 1918 A.D. with the British, the door for open trade between Nepal and India was thrown wide open. Indian goods mass produced in factories and goods similarly produced in other countries had free occurs into Nepal, which cause a great suffer to the indigenous industries of our country. Thus cottage and village industry of country .
Introduction of the product:
Incense, come from Latin words “Something burnt”. Our ancestors found that most material give a unique and some extra powerful aroma when it burnt with different smell through leaves, spices, wood and herbs. We can see that most culture burnt incense for sacred and healing purpose.
People used incense for a traditional purpose like pujas, prayer and other forms of worship. And for the purifying the surrounding, assembly of Buddhas, Bodhisattavas, god, demons and other. We know that incense is dispersed through the air by a variety of mean including sticks, cones, wands, charcoal burners, oil burner. In below figure we can see that material used to make incense and the incense pattern.
Singing Bowl used for the meditation, healing, finding music and for gift purpose too. We can find different kinds of singing bowl like handmade, antique, Itching, Carving, machine made and gift set bowl with different size and weight. Handmade bowl is used for healing therapy, meditation and for finding music notes. Handmade singing bowl have perfect music tune notes. Singing bowl are played by the friction of rubbing a wooden, plastic or leather wrapped mallet around the rim of the bowl to produce overtones and a continuous singing sound.
Pashmina, the best quality product Produce from inner coats of goat located in high hilly mountain region of Tibetan Plate and Nepal called “Chyangra”. Lives between 9,000ft-14,000ft according to the season. Pashmina is come from Persian word “Wool”. The fibre known as pashm or pashmina which is use for handmade shawls of Himalaya’s goat. It is the Softest, weightless, exotically delicate and finest natural insulating fiber of the world. Cashmere shawls have been manufactured in Nepal and Kashmir since ancient time.
Mala is a set 108 bead used for mantra, yoga, Mediation, inner peace. In Sanskrit mala means Garland. It is especially used by Hindu and Buddhist people for the mantra. It is also known as Lord Buddha used Beads mala to get the knowledge and inner peace that why people used beads mala for the pray . It is also called the Bead is the symbol of peace and prosperity.
We can see from ancient time there is used of mala for the mantras in the name of god, goddess, for chanting, reciting and for peace by yogi too. There are different types of mala with different style and design but its purpose is same in all purpose. Mala likes wooden beads, Plastic beads, Crystal, Coral, Turquoise, Lapis,
5. Prayer flag:
Prayer Flag in Tibetan words is “Dar Cho”. Dar means to increase life, fortune, health and wealth and Cho means all sentient beings. Prayer Flag is simple device which coupled with the natural energy of the wind, quietly harmonize the environment, impartially increasing happiness and good fortune among all living beings.
Prayer Flag has been categorized as the mantras, sutra and prayers with different symbol like the wind horse, the eight auspicious, the vajrs and the four dignities. According to the ancient it element correspondences: Blue-Space, White-air, Red-fire, Green-water,Yellow-earth, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. People have planted this flag outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside. It bring happiness, long life and prosperity.
Thangkas are beautifully hand painted with precious gold leaf and ground pigments for a luminous quality. Each thangka is framed in a fine brocade cloth. When a thangka painting is displayed, the protective curtain may be tucked in at top, making a cornice with ruffles. By using the support of these sacred images in your meditation practice, you are able to purify karma, generate great spiritual merit and receive blessings. It is important to ask a qualified dharma teacher and read recommended commentaries about proper motivation and methods for one’s meditation practice.
The literal word THANG KA means the recorded message. In Nepal it means “Pauvha” in Newari and in Tibetan paraphernalia of Buddhist. It is the means of communicating message to the practitioner, serving as an aid to teaching and as an aid to meditation through the visualization of the deity. Lama and monks used scroll painting to instruct the Buddhist Dharma. Thangka painting are the visual expression of the fully awakened state of enlightenment and ultimate foal of the Buddhist spiritual path. It is also called the roadmap to enlightenment.
A thangka is a complicated, composite three-dimensional object consisting of: a picture panel which is painted or embroidered, a textile mounting; and one or more of the following: a silk cover, leather corners, wooden dowels at the top and bottom and metal or wooden decorative knobs on the bottom dowel. It is a scroll done on canvas, with different color made of minerals, vegetable dyes and the execution of which generally follow the strict rule as to proportion, symbol and colors.
Thangka has three types obtained in our recent trip to Nepal. Life History of Buddha thangka illustrates events in the life of Buddha. Wheel of Life illustrate the Buddha belief in the cycle o the soul and Mandala illustrate the cosmic residence of the deities.
It is believe that Thangka has positive influence in the surrounding with brilliant colors and forms awaken the mind and energize consciousness, looking itself is a good deed and bring good health, prosperity or long life.
There are six basic steps followed in thangka painting-
1. Stretching the canvas on a wooden frame
2. Preparing the painting surface
3. Creating the design or composition by sketching and tracing
4. Laying down the initial coats of paint
5. The principal application of paints of color pigments, silver and gold dust
6. Adding the finishing touches
It is an art of making some shape from idea and knowledge. Nepal is a Hindu Country and has its own religion and rituals. It has 330 million God and Goddess like Shiva, Ganesh, Buddha, Green Tara, Mahankal, etc… Statue making is the traditional business of Patan Nepalese people specially Shakya in making Buddha or Buddhist statues and sculpuures from their four generation. They used their “Lost Wax Casting” method .It is the commitment to excellence in the creation which made the name “Distinctive” synonymous with the finest statue and sculpuure maker available throughout Asia.
There is hundred of different types of statue and sculpture of Buddha and Buddhist like Shakyamuni Buddha, Green Tara, White Tara, Manjushree, Padmasambhava, Amitabha, Vajrasatwa, Ganesh, Durga,Zambala, etc. and different types of Hindu and Buddhist God and Goddesses Statue in Gold Plated, Antique, Gold and Oxidized.
Shakyamuni Buddha Gautama Buddha is believed to have had 550 incarnation. Many previous Buddhas and other Buddhas yet to come are known as Buddhas. To Distinguish from all other Buddhas, he has been called Shakyamuni (The lion of Sakya clan), The son of king suddhodana and queen Mayadevi. He was born in 563 B.C. at Lumbini, western part of Nepal. He had attained "Bodhi" or knowledge after 6 years in fasting and meditation and then he was called "Buddha" as he was " the Enlighten one" He died at the age of 80 at Kusinagara.
Lokta Paper is also Called “Daphne” which grows at 6,500ft – 9,500ft in the forest of Nepal Hill. It is very important indigenous and traditional paper. It has remarkable tearing strength and oldest available manuscripts of Hindu and Buddhist texts.
The paper is priced for its rough, attractive texture, its durability and its resistance to insects. Villagers carried out for 2-3 days down the mountains where they were cleaned and boiled then beaten with wooden mallets into a pulp. The pulp was then poured into wooden frame and sun dries result paper was exceptionally durable and resistant to moths and mildew. This paper continues to be produced today for daily use. But unlike before, new technologies have made it possible to produce ‘vegetable dyed’ coloured paper imprinted with a variety of designs.Product like lamp shade, note book, shopping bag, photo album, letter sets, journal note book, envelopes cards, etc.
Door curtain is hanged on the wall and the place over the space of a door frame. It has different symbol placed on it with different meaning with beautifully embroidered and design with ritual signs. There are many types of Door Curtain like Eight Auspicious, Kalachakra, Mahakala, Dragon, Wind Horse, Endless Knot, Dharma chakra, Eternal knot etc. Some are illustrating below with its meaning.
Eight Auspicious Door Curtain:
It is design by fulfilling the traditional rules and its process. Firstly the victory banner which illustrate the emblem if Buddha victorious enlightenment and the methods for overcoming worldly defilements. Second the Golden fish illustrate the represent of happiness, fertility and abundance. The treasure vase illustrates the divine vase of inexhaustible treasures possessing the quality of spontaneous manifestation. The Lotus illustrates the symbol of absolute purity and compassion. The conch Shell illustrates the emblem of power, authority and sovereignty whose blast is believed to banish evil spirits and avert natural disasters. The knot of eternity illustrates the meditative mind. It is an endless knot that overlaps without a beginning or end symbolizing the Buddha endless wisdom and compassion. The parasol illustrates the traditional symbol of protection and royalty. The umbrella protects from all obstacles, illness and harmful forces. The Dharma Wheel illustrate the ancient symbol of creation became the symbol of spiritual and universal law in Buddhism. The hub of the wheel symbolized moral discipline, the eight spokes the noble eightfold path and the rim illustrate the meditative concentration.
The seed syllable of the Kalachakra Heruka, the powerful mantra for peace and reducing suffering by calming negativity and conflict. The Kalachakra symbol means 'The one with ten powers'. It consists of seven individual syllables intertwined and crowned by symbols of the moon, the sun, and the flame, making a total of ten very powerful elements within the image.
The Ten Powers are described as ten existences - body, awareness, space, wind, fire, water, earth, stable, moving, and the gods unseen and uncreated. This ‘sign of the ten mighty ones’ has occupied a central place in Tantric Buddhism for many centuries, and has become a symbol of good fortune and protection for the wearer.
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According to the Dalai Lama;”The Prayer Wheel plays a very important role in Tibetan Buddhist Tradition; Brought to our world by one of the most renowned historical Buddhist Teachers Nagarjuna. The Prayer Wheel has been used for over a One Thousand Years by Buddhists and people from all walks of life, including many of the great Yogis of Tibet like Marpa and Milarepa. The Tibetan Prayer Wheels we offer are a unique combination of ancient sacred tradition and modern technology. All of our Prayer Wheels are handcrafted in the Himalayan region of Nepal, bordering Tibet - They are then specially filled with Millions of copies of the Mantra.”
Mantras are string of syllables empowered by enlightened being to benefit others. The world mantra means mind protection. Thus the six syllables, Om mani padme hum, means that in dependence on the path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform our impure body, speech and mind into the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.
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