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Handmade products are simply called handicrafts. There are different tools used for handicraft, for example- paper, clothes, clay, wood, bamboo, cane, metals, etc. Many handcrafters use natural, even entirely indigenous materials while others may prefer modern, non-traditional materials, and even recycle industrial materials. Handicrafts are the part of our Nepalese tradition. They bear high cultural and economic value.
In our culture, paper is not only for writing but also used for sanitary work. There are various uses of paper. Some of the uses are as below:
Greeting cards are most demanded products. It can be used in every field. It is used in Dashain, Tihar, wedding ceremony, New Year, birthday, etc. Such greetings are wonderful when we prepare them on our own. Some tips to prepare the cards are:
Kites are of different design and sizes. We can make a simple kite from a sheet of paper and bamboo stick.
We can make a flower bunch with a sheet of paper, newspaper or art paper, scissors and glue.
Preparation of Different Articles from Local Materials
Nepal is rich in natural vegetation. Non-timber forest products like bamboo, cane fibrous grass and agricultural by products like the straw of maize, wheat, rice, etc are being used traditionally to make bags, broom, cushion, ropes, etc. Some of the useful products made from those are:
You can use it for both pen holder and bamboo flower vase.
Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new, useful products. It also reduces the use of raw materials that would have been used. Recycling also uses less energy and a great way of controlling air, water, and land pollution.
Discuss the secondary uses of the waste products with your teacher and write your findings on:
Carving cannot be done on every wood and stone. Some character decides whether to carve or not to carve on them. Some selection processes are described below:
Appropriate wood: Carving is of different types and it’s not easy. For a beginner a soft wood like walnut, mango would be the right choice. For durability, a hardwood like thick wood would be best. It also depends on what kind of texture is desired. In general, durable, fine textured, safely available and non-fragile wood is appropriate for carving.
Appropriate stone: Selection process is same as in wood. Beginners are advised to use soft stones. Some of the stones used for carving are following:
Soapstone: It has various colors and texture.
Alabaster: It is found in different color. It is beautiful and it’s easy to carve on it.
Limestone: These stones are good for carving even it does not polish.
Marble: Without using tools, it is very hard and difficult to carve marble
Granite: It is suitable for advanced carve. Special tools and a lot of efforts are needed during carving on it.
Painting is the art of creating pictures by applying color to a surface. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Paint is made by mixing a pigment (colored powder) with a medium (a liquid substance) such as water. There are different forms of painting like an oil painting, powder painting, spray painting, etc. The painting also has its own style such as modern, abstract, eastern and western paintings.
Wood carving is done in following ways:
We can prepare a kite from a paper by following the given steps:
Local materials are the materials that are available to us at a local level. We can utilize them in many ways. For example, plastic can be used to make kites, bamboo can be used to make pen holder as well as a flower vase etc.
The main reasons for recycling waste products are to control the waste and to utilize them for the productive purposes.
Handmade products are simply called handicrafts. There are different tools used for making handicrafts. For example, paper, clothes, clay, wood, bamboo, cane, metals, etc. Handicrafts are the part of our Nepalese tradition. They bear high cultural and economic value.
State true or false.
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Greeting cards are given on
Mallets are used to
Recycling waste products
Limestone is harder than