Mahaguthi has recently unveiled a wide range of handicraft products. The store has introduced textile products made of bamboo fibre, organic cotton and felt along with a new line-up of ceramic products and note books.
One of the well-known handicraft stores in Kathmandu, Mahaguthi said it has been introducing new products every six months. “This time, we have aimed to promote handmade products based on bamboo,” said Ramesh Maharjan, store in-charge at Mahaguthi, Lazimpat. “Similarly, the products in lacquer type and cross-stitch are also expected to attract customers,” he added.
Mahaguthi has introduced textiles and shawls made of bamboo fibre. According to the store, they are using raw materials imported from China. It claims that the products are soft and silky to the touch. “Besides, the products which give a cool sensation can be used during the summer,” said Maharjan. A shawl made of bamboo fibre costs Rs 675 to Rs 850.
Similarly, Mahaguthi stocks ceramic vessel and note books carved with bamboo designs. The ceramic products which are made in Dang and Thimi are available for Rs 120-150 per unit while a note book costs Rs 170-300.
Textiles made of organic cotton are among other attractions at the store. Maharjan claimed that demand is rising for the product as it is free of problems like allergy and other skin related problems. The price of the cloth, which is available only in white colour, starts at Rs 200 per metre. Felt stuffed animal toys are another attraction in the children’s segment. Maharjan said that they were safer as there is no danger of children inhaling fur like substances as can happen with products made of wool and other fibres. The toys cost Rs 250-450 per unit. Similarly, the store offers shawls and jackets made of nettle fibre produced in the high hill districts of the country. A shawl costs Rs 600-1,800 while a jacket costs Rs 1,200-2,500.
Mahaguthi, which has been established with the theme of craft with conscience, is a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. The store claims that 10 percent of its revenue goes to the main producers of the products who are from underprivileged groups. In today’s edition of Bazaar, The Kathmandu Post features some products at Mahaguthi, Lazimpat.