AmdocraftKlaas

AmdoCraft

Xining, China · 4 Sales

AmdocraftKlaas

AmdoCraft

Xining, China 4 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Welome to our AmdoCraft shop.

Amdo Craft is dedicated to training and helping Tibetan nomads use the only resource they have, yak and sheep wool and yak milk. The profit of the sales of these unique handmade handicrafts goes back to Tibetan communities. In return they are able to provide shoes, clothes, and school books for their children as well as food for the long cold winters.

Amdo Craft is a small company in the Qinghai province of China. The company exists to train Tibetan nomads and farmers, both women and men, in producing marketable handmade items and then helps them sell those items, locally and internationally. The profit of the sales of the handicrafts goes back to Tibetan communities.
These Tibetans live at high altitudes in remote locations which present many challenges, such as extreme cold and harsh conditions. They rely almost entirely on their animals for their livelihood. Their only resource comes from yak and sheep wool as well as yak milk and tallow. Some families pick caterpillar fungus, a popular item in Asia, to supplement income.

Amdo Craft trains these Tibetans to card, spin, weave, felt, and knit their wool into beautifully homemade handicrafts. In 2011 the nomads were trained in how to make yak milk soap. High quality is ensured by intense training and constant quality control. A wide range of products are being sold worldwide through the internet, shops, café’s, and art galleries. Feel free to browse our website (www.amdocraft.com) and check out our bags, soap, and many other products in an effort to “Help Us Help The Nomads”.

Ways Amdo Craft has helped Tibetan Communities:
-Provides books for libraries in small Tibetan schools
-Provides health and hygiene training as well as medical clinics and care
-Helps to preserve traditional Tibetan weaving and braiding skill
-Promotes the production of indigenous Tibetan Handicraft items
-Provides marketable training skills for Tibetans who have no source of income

Announcement

Welome to our AmdoCraft shop.

Amdo Craft is dedicated to training and helping Tibetan nomads use the only resource they have, yak and sheep wool and yak milk. The profit of the sales of these unique handmade handicrafts goes back to Tibetan communities. In return they are able to provide shoes, clothes, and school books for their children as well as food for the long cold winters.

Amdo Craft is a small company in the Qinghai province of China. The company exists to train Tibetan nomads and farmers, both women and men, in producing marketable handmade items and then helps them sell those items, locally and internationally. The profit of the sales of the handicrafts goes back to Tibetan communities.
These Tibetans live at high altitudes in remote locations which present many challenges, such as extreme cold and harsh conditions. They rely almost entirely on their animals for their livelihood. Their only resource comes from yak and sheep wool as well as yak milk and tallow. Some families pick caterpillar fungus, a popular item in Asia, to supplement income.

Amdo Craft trains these Tibetans to card, spin, weave, felt, and knit their wool into beautifully homemade handicrafts. In 2011 the nomads were trained in how to make yak milk soap. High quality is ensured by intense training and constant quality control. A wide range of products are being sold worldwide through the internet, shops, café’s, and art galleries. Feel free to browse our website (www.amdocraft.com) and check out our bags, soap, and many other products in an effort to “Help Us Help The Nomads”.

Ways Amdo Craft has helped Tibetan Communities:
-Provides books for libraries in small Tibetan schools
-Provides health and hygiene training as well as medical clinics and care
-Helps to preserve traditional Tibetan weaving and braiding skill
-Promotes the production of indigenous Tibetan Handicraft items
-Provides marketable training skills for Tibetans who have no source of income

Klaas Steendam

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Anonymous on Dec 15, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Very pleased with quality of item. Quick shipping from China. Well packaged. A great experience!

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Help us help the Tibetan Nomads

Amdo Craft is dedicated to training and helping Tibetan nomads use the only resource they have, yak and sheep wool and yak milk. The profit of the sales of these unique handmade handicrafts goes back to Tibetan communities. In return they are able to provide shoes, clothes, and school books for their children as well as food for the long cold winters.

Amdo Craft is a small company in the Qinghai province of China. The company exists to train Tibetan nomads and farmers, both women and men, in producing marketable handmade items and then helps them sell those items, locally and internationally. The profit of the sales of the handicrafts goes back to Tibetan communities.
These Tibetans live at high altitudes in remote locations which present many challenges, such as extreme cold and harsh conditions. They rely almost entirely on their animals for their livelihood. Their only resource comes from yak and sheep wool as well as yak milk and tallow. Some families pick caterpillar fungus, a popular item in Asia, to supplement income.
Amdo Craft trains these Tibetans to card, spin, weave, felt, and knit their wool into beautifully homemade handicrafts. In 2011 the nomads were trained in how to make yak milk soap. High quality is ensured by intense training and constant quality control. A wide range of products are being sold worldwide through the internet, shops, café’s, and art galleries. Feel free to browse our website and check out our bags, soap, and many other products in an effort to “Help Us Help The Nomads”.
Ways Amdo Craft has helped Tibetan Communities:
Provides books for libraries in small Tibetan schools
Provides health and hygiene training as well as medical clinics and care
Helps to preserve traditional Tibetan weaving and braiding skill
Promotes the production of indigenous Tibetan Handicraft items
Provides marketable training skills for Tibetans who have no source of income

Success Story
Thirty-four year old Drolmo attracts one’s attention with her bright eyes, which takes everything in, her shy smile, and her eagerness to please. She does not speak freely of her own shame of being divorced from an alcoholic husband, leaving her as a single parent of a three year old. Her community has labeled her a “patient” due to a abdominal surgery several years ago. This stigmatism does not offer encouragement or support from others that she can indeed be useful to her family and community.
Since participating in the handicraft training program, idle days have been replaced with eager hands and renewed hope as she produces many beautifully woven handbags. Drolmo is a “natural” in terms of skill, initiative, and creativity.
When paid for the first time for her outstanding, colorful products, she quietly smiled for she would finally be able to buy enough flour to last through the winter. Through Amdo Craft, Drolmo, her aged mother, and her young daughter now have a source of hope. Drolmo is one of sixty Amdo Tibetans in Qinghai and Gansu province who produce these handicrafts.

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  • Klaas

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    Came to China/Tibet in 1998. Have been involved with AmdoCraft/Tibetan Handicrafts since 2003. Interested in Social Enterprises that helps Tibetans without regular income. Help us help the nomads.

  • Drolma with family

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    See Drolma's story under success story

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    These are the handicraft producers in Tibetan area of China.

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