Like India, Nepal’s fashion scene is pretty spectacular. While the clothing is different from your favorite fashionista’s attire, the colors are beautiful and women wear their garments with great pride.
Unfortunately, instead of being manufactured in Nepal, using the traditional block printing methods, many of the fabrics are now imported from China. This causes concern on two fronts: 1)The end of the tradition of block printing and 2)Loss of jobs for persons who work in the textile industry. Our tour guide spoke of two textile plants recently closed leaving 1400 people unemployed. As China produces fabric more inexpensively than Nepal, this will continue to occur. Not to Nepal’s benefit, there are rolling electricity black-outs in most communities which certainly doesn’t benefit this or any other industry.
All of the gorgeous fabrics are not cottons as many of the sari’s are also made from polyester. No matter which fabric, the colors are gorgeous. Below are several more photos.