Photographer's Note

Nepal is a veritable mosaic of different ethnic groups whose languages, culture and religion have over the centuries penetrated and settled the hills and valleys from the north, south, east and west. Despite this diversity, Nepal has a tradition of harmony. In this land of ethnic elements as varied as its landscape, the principles of integration and synthesis have been accepted since ancient times, accommodating new ideas, new values and new peoples from afar. Typical of this synthesis of peoples and cultures are the Newars being the dominant ethnic group with the greatest concentration can be found in Kathmandu Valley, who descend from both Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan speaking people. Traditionally a highly literate, Newari art and architecture tend to be the most visible part of Nepalese civilization.

The magnificent Newari architecture is a form of art which truly captures the culture and essence of Nepal. Traditional Newari architecture attracts visitors and scholars to this amazing country. The fascinating historical buildings and unique architectural designs inspire much awe. Particularly popular is in Bhaktapur with numerous outstanding Nepalese architectural structures.

Woodwork in Nepal has been flourishing for centuries. Many of the original woodworks were destroyed during disasters such as fires, earthquakes, and foreign invasions and then rebuilt. From the start of the Malla period woodcraft along with architecture started to thrive and reached its pinnacle when the Valley was divided into three Kingdoms. As the three kings competed to improve the magnificence of their palaces, more beautiful crafts were created to outdo the others. During and after the Malla period, the houses built in Kathmandu and Patan used wood as a very important material - wood was almost exclusively used for doors, windows, and pillars.

Above picture is an example of traditional Newari woodwork found in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

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