mADE WITH LOVE
Each Aji’s product is hand-made by the elderly community in Nepal. The items are more than just a product. They have the touch of love and carry unique stories of life and inspiration.
Lumu (लुमु) means warmth in Newari language. These are hand-knitted by 75 year old Champa Devi Tuladhar. Lumu socks are made from locally sourced wool and will bring 'lumu' to you in those cold winter months
Muda Stool is handmade by 66 year old Ram Maya Maharjan of Siddhipur, a farming village in outskirts of Kathmandu famous for its sukul (traditional Nepalese straw mats). The straw used to make sukul and this stool is a by-product of the rice crop from Maharjan family farm. The Muda Stool weighs approximately 2.86 kgs and is 14 inches tall and 13 inches wide.
Dori Plant Hangers
Dori (डोरी) means rope is Nepali language. Dori plant hangers are macrame products made of cotton ropes that add a bohemian touch to your space. “All that is needed is some rope, your hands and your imagination,” says Shiro Moktan, the maker of Dori.
Suku (सुकु) is traditional Newari straw mat made by 66 year old Ram Maya Maharjan. It is hand-woven by binding straw ropes together. Ram Maya’s family has been making straw mats for generations. They hail from Siddhipur in the outskirts of Kathmandu where hay mats have been woven for centuries.
Handmade by 91-year-old Gyani Laxmi Manandhar. Mheecha (म्हीचा) is traditional Newari pouch made of locally made cloth and a unique combination of threads to open and close the pouch, similar to lasso style.
Poh (पु) are handcrafted bracelets made of colorful glass beads by 55 year old Menuka Shrestha. Each bracelet is made of hundreds of tiny glass beads stringed together to form a loop. The glass beads were traditionally worn by Nepalese women as a symbol of marriage. These make for great fashion accessories regardless of your marital status and gender.
Dharma Chakra Magnets
Hand-sculpted Dharma Chakra fridge magnets by 70 year old Juju Ratna Tamrakar. Dharma Chakra (धर्म चक्र) means ‘Wheel of Law’ and represents the Buddhist eightfold path. Each piece is made with paper and clay and is approximately 6 cm in diameter.
Hand-sculpted Swayambhu Stupa (स्वयम्भु ) by 70 year old Juju Ratna Tamrakar. The stupa is made of clay and lokta paper (handmade paper indigenous to Nepal).
Hand-knitted woolen headbands by 72 year old Sushila Sthapit. Tapu (तपु) is designed to cover the head and ears to keep them warm.
Tara Puja Set
Tara Puja Set made by 70 year old Necklace Sthapit. The set includes Pancha pata (पंच पता), Karan paka (करन पका), Pasuka (पसुका), Doncha (दोंचा), and Eta (इता) required for Tara puja ritual.