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The streets of Kathmandu have some wonderfully strange mannequins.   Today, I am featuring mannequins from Boudha.

Mannequins of Nepal
Mannequin in Boudha

This mannequin is just outside Boudha's famous Stupa and she is dressed to thrill.   The hat, the sunglasses, the fancy Chuba - she always makes me smile.

Funny misspelling on a t-shirt in Kathmandu
Another 'Lost in Translation' moment

Je Parle Fianois?  Not very well, I'd guess.   

Nepali native clothing on mannequins in Nepal
Tibetan children's clothing for sale in Boudha

What little girl would not love to dress like a native Tibetan girl?   The jewelry is amazing as well.


Mannequins in Tibetan dress in Boudha, Nepal
Mannequins in Tibetan dress

Women are not left out in this little arcade of splendid dresses.   Their jewelry looks very heavy, and they are incredibly ornate, encrusted with coral, turquoise and set in silver.    Very colorful.


Child mannequins on the streets of Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Mannequins in Boudha

On the main road outside Boudha Gate, you will find many, many mannequins of various sizes and condition!

Male mannequin on the streets of Kathmandu
Male mannequin on the main road

 This mannequin cracks me up!


Want to immortalize your pet?   It is not too late!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:  
That's it !

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $22 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

Let's keep these artists painting.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!


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