The word Jyapu comes from the word “Jya ya Fu” which means someone who is skillful in the prescribed work. They are indigenous people of Kathmandu valley whose main occupation is farming. Jyapus, an indigenous group of Newars known for their agricultural occupation, had been in need of education due to occupational ranking within the Newars for hundreds of years. They were minimal to the fields, where they used their traditional tools to grow food to feed the family.
A museum is a place where valuable objects of historical, artistic, or cultural interest are displayed or exhibited. It is a non-profit institution in the service of the society that researches, collects, conserves, resolves, and displays physical and non-physical heritage.
Hence, the Jyapu Samaj-Indigenous Museum is the ethnic community museum where a wide range of collected artifacts, most of which are still in use in local households such as kitchen cutleries and storage tools known to have been in existence since hundreds of years are being displayed. On the occasion of 72nd United Nations Day, items preserved are being put on display at the jyapu museum on Tuesday, October 24th. It is a three-day long museum fiesta from 24th October to 26th October, showcasing Newari food, music and dance, pottery making, weaving, traditional brick making and festivals. This museum fiesta is organized to present the culture from the people of Jyapu community.
Jyapu Samaj is one of leading social organization located in Lalitpur district established in Nepal Era 1114, 25th Bhadra 2051 (September 10, 1994) with a operation to preserve and develop culture, ethnic language and to guarantee the economic, social and political rights of more than thirty thousand indigenous Jyapu population within Patan.