Beads are an important part of a woman's attire in Nepal. Hindu women in Kathmandu go to a small alley in Indrachowk called the pote bazaar. Pote, pronounced potay, are worn by married women. A wedding pote might be very long, worn like a sash that hangs to one's hip.
A golden tilauri bead in the middle of a pote necklace is a symbol very much like the gold wedding ring in the west. It is always a spiky bead, but it does vary a little in length and design. Below is a sterling silver tilauri bead that we sell on our web site aworldofgood.com
Surprisingly, although Muslims don't wear pote, most of the shopkeepers selling them in the pote bazaar are Kashmiri Muslims. When necklaces are almost finished, the bead stringer will have several threads between his toes and something that looks like a little drop spindle in his hand. So quickly that my eye can not comprehend, he winds a thread around the several threads between his toes and finishes the necklace making a button hole loop on one end and attaching a brass button carved with a lotus on the other end.
I brought Tania here because they make beautiful woven bracelets for a fraction of what they would cost to produce in the USA and because it was on the way to Kathmandu Durbar Square. I will show you that square next time.
|The pote bazaar at Indrachowk|