Bits and Pieces of a Nepali Household


Hajaari (हजारी) - Watering Can

Hajaari (हजारी) - Watering Can
Watering can (हजारी) -Hajaari

It is a type of watering can that is used to put water for the vegetables and flowers of the garden. The capacity of this can ranges from 10-20 liters but not limited. The tout of the nozzle consists of dotted holes from which a spreading fountain of water can be poured.

Guleli (गुलेली) - Catapult

Guleli (गुलेली) - Catapult
Catapult - (गुलेली)

It is a bifurcated wooden tool to hit a prey. It consists of a handle to grasp by one fist and a rubber belt with a central sling to hold pelts for hitting a target. Rural bird hunters can effectively use it to kill birds in tens of yards away.

Dhungri (ढुङ्ग्री) - kitchen pipe

Dhungri (ढुङ्ग्री) - kitchen pipe
Dhungri (ढुङ्ग्री) - Kitchen Pipe

It is a type of kitchen winding pipe usually made up of bamboo or less commonly iron metals. If fire is dying then breath is blown from this pipe to rekindle the embers. This dhungri is essential for traditional hearth and bhuse chuli (a metal hearth fueled by wooden powder). With the arrival of kerosene and gas stove, the practice of dhungri whistling has been disappearing.

Naanglo (नाङ्लो) -

Nanglo (नाङ्लो)

It is a round bamboo wicker material used to separate wastes and husks from the grains.

Dhakki (ढक्की)

Dhakki (ढक्की)
Dhakki (ढक्की)

It is also a homemade flower holder which commonly finds its utility in the worshipping room. Flowers are stored in a dhakki before it is offered to the idols.

Chalni (चाल्नी वा चाल्नु )- sieve

Chalni (चाल्नी वा चाल्नु )- bamboo sieve
Chalni (चाल्नी वा चाल्नु )- bamboo sieve

This is a round bamboo wicker just like naanglo bu the difference is the bamboo shafts are separated so as to form a meshwork of holes.  

Daalo (डालो)

Daalo (डालो)
Daalo (डालो)

Daalo is a four-sided traditional bamboo wicker with deeper dimensions. It is used to store crops for short period.

Dhupauro (धुपौरो)

Dhupauro (धुपौरो)
Dhupauro (धुपौरो)

It is a clay pot for offering incense. First of embers are kept in it and incenses are offered in the fire especially during worship. After the yoghurt is churned to make Mahi, a butter is produced. This butter is also presented in the fire in dhupauro as a process of sanctification and god offering.

Ghum (घुम)

Ghum (घुम)
Ghum (घुम)

It is a traditional Nepali raincoat essential while paddy planting because in the rainy season neither of the sheltering material works. It is strewn with bamboo shafts and saal ko paat with a plastic covering. Since it is rigid and is worn on the back, farmers can use both the hands free.

Tasala (तसला)

Tasala (तसला)
Tasala (तसला) or Kasaudi

It is a traditional Nepali household utensil to cook rice. Even nowadays, this utensil is mandatory to cook rice when Hindu sons observe holy quarantine after their fathers die. It is made up of bronze or brass.

Perungo (पेरुङ्गो)

Perungo (पेरुङ्गो)
Perungo (पेरुङ्गो)

It is a bamboo strewn material to hold stuffs to transport them for a day or two. Generally, hens are transported to the market for sales in perunggo.

Mukhauro (मुखौरो )

Mukhauro (मुखौरो )
Mukhauro (मुखौरो )

It is also a bamboo strewn tool to cover the mouth of livestock like goat, oxen or cow that prevents them from grazing when making them walk or while plowing the field. In the picture above, you can see a basket bag that has covered the mouth of both oxen.

Thaili (थैली)

Thaili (थैली)
Thaili (थैली)

It is a traditional Nepali money bag used by older Nepali women for keeping money in. Nowadays, it is also used as a gift material for the foreigners and finds its greater use as a fashion materials.

Theki and Madani (ठेकी मदानी )

Theki and Madani (ठेकी र मदानी )
Theki and Madani (ठेकी  मदानी )

A pair of wooden tools to churn the curd in order to make mahi is called Theki and Madani. Theki is a large deodar curd holder in which curd is stirred by madani, the small wooden stick with multiple studs at one end.  

Doko and namlo (डोको नाम्लो)

Doko and namlo (डोको)
Doko (डोको)

namlo (नाम्लो)
namlo (नाम्लो)

A pair of basket and a rope used in farming and animal husbandry is called Doko and Namlo. Doko is a bamboo-made material to collect, transport and store grass and fodder for livestock. Namlo is a rope to carry Doko. Doko is carried on tha back while namblo is worn on the head.


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