Fair Trade Weaving Project
We offer hand spun, handwoven and vegetable dyed antique replica carpets for sale to support our ladies' weaving co-operative. These are beautiful woolen carpets with traditional Tibetan designs that help to preserve their endangered art of weaving. The women's co-op is called the Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative. Our fair trade carpets are woven in the village of Olanchung as well as by members of the Olanchung Yangma community in their homes in Kathmandu. Please contact to make an order.
The co-operative was started in an effort to preserve these Tibetan traditions and for the support of the Walung Villagers who reside on the border of Tibet and Nepal near Everest region. The more remote villagers, and especially women, are enabled and empowered to gain respectable and fair livelihoods in their own village, the less the temptation will be to try to migrate to try to make it in the city or out even out of the country. This separation of families is devastating their unique culture and many find themselves in the city unable to return and end up willing to do anything to support their families. Many desparate Himalayan families from villages like Walung send their small children to the city to become household servants leading to abuse and discrimination.
Yangma Carpets from the will be featured at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe from the 11th to the 13th of July.