Meet Rajaram Prajapati, a wooden craft artist from Bhaktapur. Coming from the family background of the wooden craft industry, he has been a part of the business since childhood. Having spent 52 years of his life in this industry, he understands the cultural as well as commercial importance of the craft industry.
Read the full interview to know more about Mr. Rajaram Prajapati.
When have you started your work?
Around 1969 A.D.(52 years back)
What motivated you to work in this field?
It is a part of my background and I have been a part of it since I was a child. Seeing its importance and importance to the cultures of the world, I decided to do something about it.
What do you like about your work?
I like almost everything related to my work.
What do you like about working with Ne Nepal?
Our relationship with Ne Nepal has always been very good because they value our work and value our relationship.
What do you see as the future of wooden crafts?
Because it is sustainable, we will be able to pass it on to the following generation.
In light of your occupation being directly linked to deforestation, how have you practised conservation?
Many people believe we are doing deforestation because we use raw materials from forests, but that is not true. By cutting only old trees, we contribute to afforestation and plant trees every time we do.
What crafts do you produce from wood?
We can make anything you want as long as you send us samples such as bowls, plates, candle stands, etc.
Can you explain some of your experiences?
The problems we face are also unimaginable. But I still love what I do.
Why should we use wooden utensils to eat?
We should eat with wooden utensils because they have different therapeutic benefits, which prevent as well as cure different diseases.
What equipment do you use while making the wooden bowls?
It's just a simple machine that we use.
How long does it take to make a small bowl?
3/4 bowls can be made in a day.
We are inspired by the love and enthusiasm of Mr. Prajapati towards his craft and we wish that he continues to inspire and create.
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