Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tibetan Refuge Camp

After the Tibetan National Uprising against the Chinese invasion in 1959, tens and thousands of Tibetans fled to India, Bhutan and Nepal. In Pokhara, we visited Tashiling Tibetan Settlement which was established in 1964. In 1971, the handicraft center was opened so that the refugees could support themselves and promote the art of carpet weaving and design.

All of the carpets they produce are woven from handspun imported pure Tibetan sheep wool that is hand dyed.

The carpets are made in 100, 80 and 60 knots. Every motive has a special meaning and signifies blessings, such as power, prosperity and good luck to the user.

Profits are used for education, healthcare, sanitation, and taking care of the elderly and physically handicapped refugees of the camp. Of course, I had to contribute to their cause.

Small square carpets.

And these little bags are the perfect size to hold passports and other important items when travelling.

I tried another pattern from The Royal Sisters called Grandma All Round.

Not sure what I will do with them but it is better than cleaning.

Have a terrific Tuesday! Friendship blessings, Tammy


Anonymous said...

So sad that a nation has to do this but look at the treasures they make. These carpets are absolutely beautiful!!
Have a Great Day!

Heather - The Good Life said...

What beautiful carpets and neat to see the actual weaving done in person. The little bags remind me of the colorful weavings that are done in Guatemala. Your Grandma All Around motifs are pretty; not sure what size they are, but could you use them as coasters? Have a terrific day! :-)

Saritha said...

So much enjoying your posts about Nepal!!There is so much history in each country!!Those carpets and bags are simply Wow!!!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

He, he, it's always better to crochet than clean:) Tammy, I would love to help you with granny squares. Just email me and we will figure it out. Have a nice day! Twyla

summersundays-jw said...

What beautiful pictures the rugs and yarn make and what amazing workmanship. Wish I had 2 or 3 of those rugs. Could you send me those with a couple of the baskets from previous post???

LuLu Kellogg said...

The carpets are just gorgeous!

I am loving seeing all these pictures Tammy!


Tammy said...

I love going on your travels. How fun and interesting our journeys are. Thanks for sharing and I love the little carpets you chose.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for helping these women. The whole tragedy of China's overtaking Tibet is a subject that makes my husband (and I) so angry. It's beyond stupidity.

The carpet squares and pouches are wonderful and IF I had a million dollars, I'd buy everything they make.

Thanks for sharing the story, too. Bless you.


Marilyn said...

What a shame these poor people can't just go home to where they belong... great to see them creating anyway...the little carpets are lovely...
Tammy all you would need is a cushion to sew the crochet on to...no back required!! I too wish I could just show you how...stitch by stitch... :) :) :)

~*~Patty S said...

the Dalai Lama recently visited Wash DC and it was wonderful to see him interviewed along with his thoughts on Tibet and China and his blessed vision

thank you for a beautiful post and lovely visit this morning and yes...cleaning can wait...being creative...well that's essential in life...isn't it

Bless the whole world...no exceptions! (keep meaning to put that on a card)

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Hello Tammy ~
What an amazing journey! I am learning much that I didn't know before. Thanks for taking us along. Wishing you blessings on all your travels, katie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Beautiful carpets! I'd love to get my hands on a little of that wool myself. hee hee. I'm bettin' you figure out something fun to do with those circles! And, you are so right... handwork beats cleaining any day! blessings ~ tanna

Becky~ said...

Beautiful.Im sitting here just thinking how much these woman work.Then the end result is such beautiful pieces.

Lucky you tammy,I would love to visit places like this.But since you bring us to them it will suit for the time being lol.

Have a nice week!

La Dolce Vita said...

Hi Tammy, beautiful carpets and good on you for supporting their work!
and I just don't think that when we get to heaven we will say, gee... I wish I had cleaned the house... but we might say, I wish I had created more... : ) xoxo

Elly-My Everyday Things said...

Thanks for a peak of this country! And thanks for your words of wisdom on my blog!
I really appreciate it!

Serena said...

The movie starring Brad Pitt - Seven Years in Tibet - covered some the history surrounding the Chinese occupation of Tibet. It's a heartbreaking situation and a very worthy cause.

I like those little bags!

You could use your crochet circles to embellish throws, pillows etc., or perhaps make them coaster size?

by Teresa said...

Hi T.. enjoyed your post. Hope all is well with you.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for taking us along with you and sharing your wonderful photos.
I love the wonderful carpet squares and the little bags. The little crocheted rounds are pretty.

Happy week

Lori Ann Corelis said...

Beautiful photos! How wonderful for these women!
Thank you for sharing your life and theirs.


Tamatha said...

Your travel photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing the real stories of the people you meet on your travels.
I appreciate your visit to my blog for Where Bloggers Create. Stop by again!

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...So happy you got to see the women making such lovely things. Great photos. thanks for sharing. Susan

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've been catching up on your week of walking and taking photos. I have had a wonderful time living vicariously through your blog. Really impressive that you see the good and "rich"ness in everyone. And of course, those rugs are amazing. I'm glad you were able to purchase one. It will be a treasure you will love forever, and you will have the memory of buying it, too.

I know I'm really late today, but happy LaTE Tea Tuesday.

koralee said...

Wow....these women are amazing! Love the colours they use.

Hugs to you my sweet friend. xo

Faye said...

Gorgeous carpets. How fascinating to see your pix of the operation! And you have really educated me on that part of the world. Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your lovely comments. And I do agree that cleaning the house can wait.

Yarni Gras! said...

the carpets are so lovely......

Shanda said...

I love your life....all the travel and interaction with people of different cultures. Do you have a post anywhere that explains why you are overseas and what you do? I've looked but haven't seen anything. Just interested! Great photos.

Phyllis said...

Hi Tammy,

I'm a sucker for color too and love the little bags you got.

Your crocheted items are so lovely. I'm going to have to try it again one day. Right now I'm trying to make time to take up my painting again. I've been spending too much time watering every evening. It's just so scary here without rain and all these high temps. this part of the world isn't equiped for it!

As always, thanks for visiting. (Hubby is very brave to walk in that heat!!)

Kathleen said...

So interesting, you saw and did so much on your holiday, thanks for sharing your experiences. I love blogland for this kind of thing.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely handiwork center you found. I think it is amazing that they produce such beautiful things to help support their life and community. The yarn looks amazing. Such lovely colors. Too bad they did not have some fro your bag to bring home. your items you came home with are perfect reminders of a lovely trip!!
The crochet projects looks lovely, and I am happy you are finding lots to do with your time. The cleaning will always be there!!

Have a great day!


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