Karuwa: A Customary Nepali Vessel

Westerners view karuwas as a souvenir and bring them back to their own nations as a keepsake

21, Nov 2022 | nepaltraveller.com

A lack of demand has caused the sector to decline.

Karuwa is a customary vessel used in Nepali homes to serve water and alcohol. For daily usage, a karuwa is often constructed of brass. But ornamental karuwa are made of precious metals like gold and silver. It has long been a part of Nepalese culture. Karuwa is used in many ways than merely as a tool. Nonetheless, it is considered a component of Nepali souvenirs.

Karuwas are containers with curved bodies and kettle-like necks for pouring fluids. A cap that contains numerous artefacts soldered to it that covers the karuwa’s mouth. Not all karuwas have caps; especially the ornamental ones have caps for aesthetic reasons. Additionally, a little hole is placed in the cap to equalise air pressure, allowing for smooth pouring even when locked.

Various rites, occasions, and festivals in Nepal call for karuwa. It is utilised in multiple events, including Pasni, Bratabandha, and weddings.

On the day of Mha Puja, karuwa and other household items are venerated in the Newari culture.

Most people in the current age view karuwa as a showpiece, while previous generations are aware of its significance. They thought witnessing a karuwa full of water brought luck to the tasks they would be undertaking.

In karuwa, drinking water is also a pretty easy task. The straw’s kettle neck design allows the flow of liquid to be controlled while sipping.

Westerners view karuwas as a souvenir and bring them back to their own nations as a keepsake.

In Nepal, the Palpa, Sankhuwasabha, and Bhojpur districts produce most of karuwas. Additionally, karuwas are manufactured in Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, and Kathmandu. However, a lack of demand has caused the sector to decline.

The Palpa area of Nepal is home to one of the largest karuwas, which is regarded as the largest of its sort worldwide and is also a very popular domestic tourist area. It weighs about 150 kg and is portable. It is located outside the Tansen municipality office.

Karuwa’s cultural and traditional worth is disappearing day by day. We must thus understand the significance and history of a particular vessel in our nation to preserve it.

Compiled By: Rebika Bishwokarma

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