Utpalasia

Authentic Himalayan vintage & designer jewelry

Dumfries, Virginia

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Cordula Sturm Dahal

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About Utpalasia

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On Etsy since 2013

Original Wearable Art & Vintage Himalaya

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Many years ago, Anil and I had a dream to bring the beauty of North Indian classical Kathak, Himalayan folk, Tibetan Buddhist, and Bollywood dance to wider audiences. We started two studios in Nepal, and over the course of many years that vision eventually became Utpalasia, which is now an established performing and teaching institution for South and Southeast Asian cultural heritage and the arts located in the Washington, DC area.

The ornamentation, jewelry, and costumes we wore during our programs were our own designs or private collection vintage adornments; they fascinated audiences as much as our performances did. Our Pujanil line of sterling silver Buddhist jewelry and the Sangrila Nepal series were so unique that artists in Nepal often copied our designs for their own use!

We also love scouring old shops for rare finds on our trips home. Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and rural villages still hold untold vintage treasures waiting to be discovered. This 'wearable art' embodies the beautiful Himalayan spirit, be it ritual, religious, or functional in nature.

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  • Cordula Sturm Dahal

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm the founder of Utpalasia, a cultural organization for dance and the arts. I love the history of vintage pieces, and designing and making custom Himalayan wearable art. I feel jewelry is spiritual and empowering, our personal 'sacred space'.

  • Bhim "Anil" Dahal

    Maker, Designer

    Anil is the artistic director of Utpalasia and an essential part of our family business. Born and raised in Nepal, his keen eye helps us source exquisite vintage pieces as well as unique findings, beads, and pendants for our own designs.

  • Tasherit Sturm Dahal

    Maker, Designer

    Tasherit is Utpalasia's choreographer and senior dancer. Experienced in the fashion industry, she often models for our photo shoots. She has a talent for giving traditional designs an edgy, hip look and painting canvases reflecting Buddhist thought.

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