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Traditional household equipment of Nepal

Written by Barsha Bishwakarma · 3 min read >

Nepal, despite being a small country when compared to its neighbors China and India. It is home to over 100 ethnic groups and includes an area of 147,181 sq. km from the Himalayas to the Terai. The diversity of ethnic has resulted in the growth of more Traditional household equipment in Nepal.

Times are changing, and our traditions are evolving along with them. We exposed to new tools and technology since I was a teenager. There are still many isolated areas in Nepal where people are unfamiliar with modern technologies and tools.

Many years ago, when there were no modern tools or technologies, Nepalese people developed a variety of equipment to meet their everyday purposes.

Here, some of the Traditional household equipment of Nepal are:

Doko: One of the Traditional household equipment of Nepal

A doko is a kind of bamboo basket made by hand in the shape of a cone or “V.” People in Nepal usually use it to transport their belongings.

Doko is made from bamboo strips that have been dried. Bamboo is a hardy plant that can resist adverse weather conditions.

They have shoulder straps and, in most cases, namlo head straps that relieve some of the pressure off the carrier’s shoulders.

Vegetables, grains, water pots, and other items are transported using Doko. They’re also used to move small animals and poultry and as temporary animal cages.

Traditional house hold equipment’s of Nepal
Image: Doko

Doko manufacturing has also been a valuable source of income. In Nepal, blind individuals are train to make doko to earn a living.

The doko is a typical tool for lifting big items in practically every rural district of Nepal.

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Aasi: Traditional house hold equipment’s of Nepal

An aasi, sickle, hasiya, or grasshook is a single-handed agricultural implement with curved blades that are mainly used for cutting vegetables, reaping grain crops, or cutting succulent fodder primarily for feeding cattle, either newly cut or dried as hay.

The wide variety of aasi kinds throughout various cultures may be split into smooth or serrated blades. They can be used to cut either green grass or ripe grains using somewhat different procedures.

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Image: Aasi

Local blacksmiths have historically manufactured hasiya in their charcoal foundries using leather bellows to blow air. Hasiya is sharpened by rubbing the edges on smooth rock or giving it to blacksmith. Sharpening the Hasiya at the start of the harvesting season and when it is blunt.

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Gagri and Ghaito:

Gagri and Ghaito are the fundamental water containers use in Nepal to store water in the house for various uses. Mostly in places where there is no 24-hour water supply or in villages where there is a shared tap.

Traditional house hold equipment’s of Nepal
image: Gagri

The difference is connect to the raw materials used in its production. The Gagri is of metal, whereas the Gahito is of clay.

Ghaito is typically simple since there is little sculpting done in clay objects, whereas Gagri is more adaptable in look and is construct with metal. A Gagri might be plain, with no carving, or exotic, with complex metal decorations all over the body.


Nanglo is a flat, spherical woven bamboo tray. It is originally a form of tiny bamboo pieces intertwining into a flat surface-like archaic way of manually weaving fabric by tangling threads.

image: Nanglo

It is use to remove dust particles from paddy, rice, dal, beans, and other cereals and for sifting grain. Nanglo is an essential ingredient in any Nepalese cooking. While it is usually find in villages, it may also be see in major cities on occasion.


Jaato is a circular grinder make of stone with a wood handle at the top to facilitate rolling it easier. It’s mostly use to mill lentils.

image: Jaato

It is a typical tool for grinding grains. It is make up of two circular stones (discs), the bottom of which is fix to the ground or the floor of the home. This connected disc or bottom disc is immovable and includes a large nail or a piece of wood in the center to keep the top stone in place when grinding. The top section, on the other hand, has two holes in it, one in the center for inserting grains and one on the side for inserting a wooden handle (hato) for grinding. The grains are grind in a circular motion with the assistance of the handle, and the individual must be seated to complete the work.

Silauto and Lohoro

Silauto and Lohoro are two grinders widely used to create tomato pickles or other similar foods. The Lohoro is a smooth rectangular or circular stone bar used to crush the goods on a flat tray, similar to Silauto. Typically, this is used to crush and grind spices such as mustard seeds, ginger-garlic, or to create chutneys.

image: Silauto and Lohoro

With the passage of time, many alternatives have been found but people of Nepal who still live in rural use this traditional household equipment in their daily lives.

Written by Barsha Bishwakarma
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