Nepal and Handicraft
Nepal is the mountainous country. Mountain means something has been deposited. There are many deposits of natural and precious stones in Nepal. The minds are virgin here but people have started to dig recently. The famous stones in Nepal are Ruby, Garnet, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Garnet, Tourmaline, Quartz, and Many others. People have started using those resources in the production of finished handicraft.
Craftsmanship is famous in Nepal. Nepalese arts and crafts and skills of Nepalese craftsmen and artisans were appreciated by Chinese travelers like Wanghunshe and Huan sang in 648 AD in their travelogues. Kautilya's Economics has described the exported product from Nepal in during the time of Chandra Gupta Maurya, in the fourth century. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Nepalese arts and crafts industry suffered due to the general liberal import policy of the government. The present Industrial policy have kept cottage and small industry sector on priority. Now, garments and carpets, silk and Pashmina, Allo and Dhaka, metal craft, handmade paper, Thangka, ceramics, bamboo and stone crafts are popular all over the world.
Source: Bimal's Thesis