Weaving with Straws

Weave Your Own Straw Basket

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$15.00 per guest

Highlights

  • Learn straw weaving process form master weaver who has been in the trade for several generations
  • Get insights into how for generations of Nepalis have used straws to weave anything from small baskets to larger buckets for carrying heavy load
  • Take home a souvenir that you can actually use in your living space as decorative piece or storage of small items

Inclusive of:

  • All tools and materials
  • English speaking guide

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
5 Out of 5
5 Reviews
Funto ogunleye United Kingdom
5
4 Aug, 2019

Actually making my basket myself (under direct expert supervision), the teacher was great, patient, funny , made the ti...

Tommy Cockin United States
5
9 Jan, 2016

Fantastic experience, highly recommended, both the host and the moderator were amazing.

$US 15.00 per guest
3 hours
1 - 4 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Very few by-products of plants can match that of the humble straw (the dry stalks of cereal plants). In Nepal it is used as fodder for cattle, thatched roofs, building material (when mixed with cow dung and mud), mattresses, storage bins and even kitchenware. A similar story is repeated across several countries where straws are used for a host of other things. For this course however, you will mostly be weaving them into little baskets. For generations people in Nepal have expressed their creativity by weaving various household items just using straw. Although a dying craft now, Mina, your host keeps the tradition well and alive in her home. To make your basket, you will begin by wetting the straw to make it more pliable to work with. As you begin to notice the straw getting soft, it needs to be split down the center to make for thinner strands which you will then bind and weave. After an hour or so of weaving you will begin to see your product take shape. Feel free to use it as a decorative piece or if you're more utility oriented then it'll make for a good storage bin for some of your stationery. ;) The straw is also very versatile, and if you're up for making other products, feel free to ask our host!

Additional Information:

  • Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the class start time
  • Weaving can sometimes be difficult so feel free to get as much assistance from the host as needed

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Your Local Host

Mina Devi Ranabhat

A native of Lamjung district, Mina migrated to Pokhara with her family to ensure her children had access to better education. She's always been keen on learning new crafts and loves to cook traditional nepali food.

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5 reviews from people who took this experience

Funto ogunleye United Kingdom
5
4 Aug, 2019

Actually making my basket myself (under direct expert supervision), the teacher was great, patient, funny , made the time fly. Loved that I finished the basket and got to take it back home with me!

Tommy Cockin United States
5
9 Jan, 2016

Fantastic experience, highly recommended, both the host and the moderator were amazing.

jstar r Nepal
5
1 Sep, 2014

We took the basket making class, and it was incredible! We learned a new skill and got to meet a wonderful family. It is definitely one of our favorite memories of our time in Pokhara. I would recommend Backstreet Academy to anyone interested in trying a new skill and going off the tourist track. Thanks for the lovely memories!

US$ 15.00 per guest
5 Reviews