The Many Metals Singing Bowl embodies two of Nepal's richest traditions, metalwork and meditation. Singing bowls, and the ringing hum they create, help clear your mind, cleanse your heart, and comfort your soul. To make the bowl sing, simply strike its side with the mallet. Family workshops applying metalwork skills share their craft in new markets for fair prices. Thanks to their work with our fair trade partner Mahaguthi, these families are able to earn sustainable incomes.
Sana Hastakala, which means "small handicraft" in Nepali, is a nongovernmental, nonprofit export organization based in Kathmandu. Sana Hastakala works to preserve the rich artistic skill and traditions of Nepali artisans, and provides additional training and marketing assistance to artisans. Eighty percent of the artisans are women; most artisans are uneducated. Sana Hastakala strives to increase its export sales so that additional disadvantaged artisans can improve their economic and social conditions. Profit from sales is used for producer development programs, staff welfare and organizational strengthening.
Sana Hastakala was established in 1989 as a retail shop to help market the handicrafts of producers, mainly women operating on a small scale, usually from their homes.