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