Himalayan Jewelry & Handicrafts

Dumfries, Virginia | 41 Sales


Himalayan Jewelry & Handicrafts

Dumfries, Virginia 41 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Cordula Sturm Dahal

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Original Wearable Art & Vintage Himalaya


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 arts located in the Washington, DC area.

The ornamentation, jewelry, and costumes we wore during our programs were our own products and fascinated audiences as much as our performances did. Our Pujanil line of sterling silver Buddhist jewelry and Sangrila Nepal series were so unique that artists in Nepal often copied our designs for their own use! We also loved scouring old shops for rare finds on our trips home. Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, and valley villages still hold untold vintage treasures waiting to be discovered.

All of our items embody some aspect of the rare Himalayan spirit, be it ritual, religious, or functional in nature. We love bringing people and wearable art together!

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  • Cordula Sturm Dahal

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I’m a German-born, multilingual Nepali-in-training and the executive director of Utpalasia. Raised and educated under many cultures and religions around the world, I'm a believer in style vs. fashion and designs with personality.

  • Bhim "Anil" Dahal

    Maker, Designer

    Anil is from the middle hills of Nepal and is the artistic director of Utpalasia. He manages material supplies and has a keen eye for unique findings and pendants for our Tibetan necklaces.

  • Tasherit Sturm Dahal

    Maker, Designer

    Tasherit is our senior dancer and assistant instructor at Utpalasia. Her special talent is creating Himalayan earrings that keep their traditional flavor while having a modern, hip look.

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