The ancient land of Himalaya captures the souls of many who have ever or never been there. So I was thrilled to find a shop in Beijing offering handicrafts from that mystical region.
BaZha Tribe in the Drum Tower area carries a wide variety of daily products from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Tibet, and even Russia. Although everyday items there, these are rarely found elsewhere in the world.
Ms. Ma, the owner, was a former tourism editor. She introduced me to a collection of Pakistani products: a peach-wood fruit tray, boat-shape bowl with a complex floral design, and a candleholder that looks like a grape vine. Prices range from RMB 250 to RMB 1500.
Personally, I liked the Nepalese woolen scarves and shawls. Handmade in a small town near Nepal¡¯s capital Katmandu, they are colorful, soft, and decorated with intricate motifs. Each sells around RMB 300. They are also the best seller at BaZha Tribe.
Products from Tibet include necklaces, rings, bracelets, prayer wheels, and Tangkas. Prices vary a lot, from RMB 30 to RMB 2000.
Ms. Ma speaks fluent English and French, and often travels to Himalaya region. She¡¯d love to tell you a story or two about the region.