by Andreas Bachmann

Issue: 17

Journal section: Theme Articles
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Received: 2010-10-06


Nowadays Nepal has an estimated workforce of 50,000 people involved in carpet manufacturing. This cottage industry has become a good source of income for many families and is a remarkable foreign exchange earner for the country.

Handmade rugs have a long history. A great expansion began in the early 1960's, when several production centres were set up in the hills and some in the Kathmandu valley. Many problems had to be solved, such as the development of appropriate looms, preparing of the raw wool by carding, cleaning, and spinning...

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