Most of the temples, using of wood doesn’t hold much importance than the artistic touch it possesses. The intricate and artistic carvings in the pillars, brackets, struts, beam frames of the peristyles, window and door frames with the Hindu deities and religious motifs prove this statement. This handmade Aankhi Jhyal has the unique designs of wood carvings that help to show the culture and tradition of a country.
But nowadays, woodcraft not only just limited to the beams of temples and palaces. The artisans carve the figure of Buddha, the elements of Buddhism, windows, doors, statues of different Hindu gods and goddesses, tables, artistic clocks and the articles of day to day use. There are three types of craftsmen in the Nepali woodcraft tradition. However, The Designers, The Woodcarvers, Traditionally from the Silpakar family and the carpenters, commonly called sikarmi. But the tradition has also slowly changed as different castes are coming ahead to perform this work.
The designer and woodcarver are often the same people. However, the wood carving organization, so far, kept as a family business, the ideas transferred to sons from the father. The work of woodcarvers is terming as broad specialization. So, it belongs to the knowledge concerning iconography and the religious significance of decoration.
Aankhi Jhyal composed of two words i.e ‘Aankhi’ which means eye and ‘Jhyal’ means window. These traditional Aankhi Jhyal or window have been present in the Nepalese tradition from the 15th century, during the Malla reign in Kathmandu Valley. These windows found in different places from houses to palaces and temples etc. The shapes and dimensions of the traditional window differ from the circular to square and rectangle frames. These windows are carved very beautifully with different unique patterns which makes it look very attractive for decorating your places.