Shyam. An enterprising first generation silversmith.
Shyam entered the jewelry trade over a decade ago: a profession that used to be reserved for those of a specific caste. Now, he shares, people are more free to pursue their passions.
The streets of Patan suffered considerable damage in the April earthquake.
The rich historical heritage of Patan also meant that some buildings were old and unequipped to handle seismic shocks.
Shyam recalls the day of the earthquake.
Shyam recalled the looks of terror on the faces of both locals and tourists. Life is now back to normal for the city's residents. Most of the rubble has been cleared, and the locals welcome tourists to visit again.
Children play near a monument destroyed by the earthquake.
Shyam then introduced us to Suroj, a fellow silversmith and friend.
Suroj is one of the twenty silversmiths who works with Shyam.
Suroj offered us a look into his artisanal process.
Suroj works to support his wife and daughter.
He shared with us that he aspires to provide his daughter with the best education possible.