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Raute bowl Thaal – summer medium


Hand carved in Nepal

Raute bowl ‘ winter Thaal ‘ 

This wooden craft is known as Thaal in the Raute language, meaning a serving dish. It is Hand-carved out of tree trunks by the indigenous in their camps. Each raute craft is Unique in size and shape. Also, the colour varies depending on the wood available within the Raute’s settlements. Every Raute bowl is thoroughly cleaned and treated with linseed oil. 

Versatile in use, Thaal can be used as home decoration, fruit bowl or serving bowl. 


  • Material — wood from Acacia tree, red cotton 
  • Size — 28 – 32 cm diameter x 8 – 10 cm height
  • Article — 424092
  • Cleaning instruction — Dry dust. Use a damp cloth with natural soap to remove stains and let it air dry.

The Raute are the last nomads of Nepal. There are only 156 Rautes still carrying on their nomadic lifestyle in the remote mountains of western Nepal. They call themselves the ‘Kings of Forests’ and eat langur and macaque monkeys, wild yam and forest fruits. Constantly on the move, the Raute’s live within the forested mountains in temporary camps hidden from habitation. These nomads carve wooden bowls out of tree trunks and trade them for cloth and rice. 

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Over the years, The Rautes have been intensely scrutinised by local authorities and residents for their ‘ nomadic ‘ way of life. As a result, they shun away from modern civilisation despite the pressure, wishing to consolidate their traditional nomadic lifestyle.

When this generation passes on, the way of life of one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Himalayan foothills will disappear forever. And with them will go a distinct language, culture and a system of beliefs.



Desperately fighting for their survival, these Rautes are dignified people with their roots in the deep forest of Nepal.

Together with our partner KOLPA Nepal, we proudly present the craftsmanship of the Raute’s in support of their livelihood.

Additional information

Weight1 kg
Dimensions31 × 31 × 10 cm
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