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Tharu Cultural Museum at Bardia National Park, Nepal

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(October, 2010)

An example of a Tharu household. While the museum does have some ancient artifacts, most of the devices shown here are still used daily in Tharu villages. In traditional homes, food preparation and eating all takes place in the same room, around the wood-fuel mud stove called a chulha. They are still commonly used in both mountain and plain societies.


Although Thula men have switched to more modern clothing, it's not unusual to see more traditional costumes on women and on special occasions.


These earthen bins are called deharies and are used to store grains.


The triangular frame is called a tikthi or chikthi. It's used to suspend hanging baskets from the ceiling, out of reach of vermin.


The doli and chandol are carriages for the bride and groom. Made of bamboo, rope and muslin cloth, each is carried by four men.


The grain storage bins are made of clay and rice-husk residue. Some hold grains for everyday use. Others are sealed up for use during severe food shortages.


Tharu hanging basket, made of bamboo and siru grass.


These hand-woven baskets are a staple in Tharus households, regardless of socio-economic status. Most baskets have natural coloring, but store-bought dyes are sometimes added. To protect food from pests, food baskets are frequently strung from the ceiling using jute rope nets.


Some baskets are much more decorative, used for weddings or personal effects. Snail shells are boiled and woven into the sides of the basket.


Food preparation tools, mostly hand-carved out of wood.


More decorative objects, probably for special events.


Imagine trying to keep these shoes on your feet.


Traditional grinding stone.


Musical instruments.


Net for fishing on the Karnali River.


More fishing nets.



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