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Glass bead shops on Asan tole, Kathmandu: "Cheap glass pearls for the folks back home?" Top 5 Page for this destination Nepal Shopping Tip by Saagar

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  Negotiating over glass beads...
by Saagar

There is a cluster of stores selling glass beads for necklaces on Asan tole in Kathmandu.
Here you can have glass bead necklaces custom made or ready made at your heart's delight. They come in many sizes and colors.
The main, or original sales concept is sales to women who will have their marriage necklace made (see my tip on local customs). But it's certainly not limited to this.
As with bangles, this trade is done mainly by muslims, so in their little stores you find verses from the Koran framed on the wall.

What to buy: Have a look at the variety and find out what you like in this world of glass beads. Then compose your own, and it will be made in front of your eyes.

What to pay: From very little to a bit more. But it's not right-out expensive for any type of glass beads - it's not pearls, after all.

Address: Asan tole, close to Indrachowk.
Theme: Jewelry

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  • Updated May 20, 2004
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