Farmer Carrying a Kharpan

In Kathmandu Valley, the kharpan is the preferred method of carrying food grains, farming tools and other things. Traditionally, a man wore a daura, a kachad or suruwal, patuka, and a coat, while a woman wore a hakupatasi, chola, patuka and a shawl on top. After an early morning meal, a farmer family would head out to the fields with a kharpan laden with farming tools, food, and a clay pot with rice beer. They would return home only in the evening after a hard day’s work. There were ponds paved with stones where people would do their bathing, wash utensils, and use for drinking water. These ponds were located between settlements. Houses in rows made from baked and unbaked bricks with tile and thatched roofs stand nearby.

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