MEET THE ARTISANS

 

 

 

                                


 

 

 

 

 

PUNEE GURUNG 

 
Favorite childhood memory? 

"There was a festival in my village and my father bought me a new dress. I was seven and I remember how happy I was wearing a new dress and dancing in the rain."

 

 

 

 

      



 

 

 

 

MAYA GURUNG

 

What's your favorite thing about your village? 

"My village is very green and you get fresh vegetables and food to eat. People are mostly farmers."

 

 

 

  

 

      



 

 

 

 

KUMARI GURUNG 

 

What makes you happy?

"Watching my children grow up makes me happy."

 

 

 

 

 

  

    



 

 

 

 

 

KARMAYA GURUNG

 

What do you enjoy about knitting? 

"I enjoy knitting because it keeps me busy, pays me well so I can be independent. I don’t need to ask money from my husband. The knitting women from my village, so I enjoy spending time with them."

 

 

  

 

                 


 

 

 

 

 

JASMAYA GURUNG 

 

What's your favorite thing about your hometown?

 "We got to eat fresh food, don't have to pay rent."

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        



 

 

 

 

KANCHI GURUNG 

 

What do you enjoy about knitting? -

"When I have tension, knitting keeps me occupied and I forget about my worries." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      



 

 

 

 

AASHMAYA GURUNG 

 

What's your favorite color?

"Black, a lot of women don’t like this color because it’s dull but I like black because it looks smart."

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      



 

 

 

 

 

BIMALA CHOUDHARY 

 

What are you future goals?  

"I want to make enough money to open a beauty parlor someday."

 

 

 

 

   

                       





 

  

 

 

NITA SHARMA 

  

What are your hobbies? 

"Knitting, gardening and cooking are my hobbies. I can knit at home and send my grand child to school. It is good time pass."

 

 

 

   

                       



 

 

 

  

RADHA GARUK 

 

 What do you enjoy about knitting? 

"We have no work at home, I just sit and it’s good to make some money from home. I also can pay for my son’s education so that’s very helpful."

 

 

 

 

                    



 

 

 

 

 

SARYU BHATTARAI

 

What do you enjoy about knitting?

"There is no part time or home based work for women in Nepalgunj. Knitting is a good job where I can stay at home and take care of my family.  I can send my child to school so one day he can become a doctor!"

 

 

 

                      


 

 

 

 

 

 SAWARIYA GARUK

 

What is your favorite food?

"Rice, lentils soup and pickles. I love making pickles."

 

 

 

 

  

 



 

 

 

 

 

DURGA CHAND 

 

What do you like about Nepalgunj? 

"I like everything about this place except the heat."

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 JYOTI RAI

 

What's your favorite color?

"I like pink color; it’s beautiful in saris and kurthas."

 

 

 

 

 

  



 

 

 

 

 

MANJU SHRESTHA

 

What do you like about knitting? 

"I enjoy the beautiful colors that I knit."

 

 

 

  

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

URMILA GARUK

 

Favorite thing about knitting?

"Knitting has provided work for me so I can be independent.  I can work from home and learn different patterns from my friends and family."

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

HANSA RAWAL

 

How was your knitting experience? 

"It took me 6 months to learn how to knit. Now I can knit different patterns and I enjoy knitting.  Knitting helps me pay for rice, lentils and cooking oil. My children can go to school and I have created a life for myself here in Nepalgunj."

 

 

 

  



 

 

 

 

 

JYOTI SHRESTHA

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

"I was the first girl get my finish schooling in my entire village in Kapilavastu."

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

MANJU GARUK 

 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

"I enjoy listening to music."

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

  

SITA KHADKA 

 

What is your favorite thing about your hometown?

"It is close to India so we can get nice outfits for a good price."

 

 

 

 

 

   


 

 

 

  

 

BALIKA K.C.

 

What do you like about knitting?

"My husband sometimes rolls the yarn and I knit. We enjoy helping each other."

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

PUSHPA CHOUDHARY

 

Favorite thing about Nepal?

"People are very nice and friendly.  We have beautiful Himalayan Mountains."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

PUSHPA SHRESTHA

 

What makes you happy?

"My daughter finished high school and is joining nursing school. I am proud of my daughter and she makes me happy."

 

 

  

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

MEERA BALMIKI

 

What’s your future goal?

"I want to open a tailoring and cosmetic shop. I’m saving my money to open the shop."

 

 

 

  

 



 

 

 

 

 

NIDRA DERIYA 

 

What are your hobbies?

"When I am free and I don’t have anything to do in the house, different thoughts come in my head that gives me tension. I enjoy knitting, it keeps me busy."

 

 

 

 



 

 

  

 

SRIJANA SINGH

 

What is your morning routine?

"I get up in the morning, feed my children and take them to school. After than I am free to knit at home and take care of house chores. After my kids are back from school, I help them with their homework. My kids come first!"