|This is one of the modern supermarkets in Kathmandu. Although they are quite nice and you can find a lot of Western products difficult to find elsewhere, these modern facilities like this are more expensive than the local 'mom and pop' shops.|
This picture depicts a second year student. If you buy the first year students' paintings they can be purchased very reasonably, about $5-10 for the small size. You will want to purchase the thankas in the silk border rather than having to buy a mat and frame when you get back home. That will raise the price about $40, but it will make your thangka look even more beautiful. As you examine the thangka with the merchant/headmaster you will come to see the subtle nuances that make all the difference.
|These lovely pottery pieces that you can purchase for so cheap, are all hand crafted. This is a family run pottery studio in Bhaktapur.|