CHAMTSEE

A small handcraft workshop in Tibet

Lanzhou, China · 10 Sales

CHAMTSEE

A small handcraft workshop in Tibet

Lanzhou, China 10 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Note from shop owner Hello, Chamtsee's shop will be closed for a little while longer yet, sorry for the delay in re-opening. We have a temporary workshop in a tent while our new building is being finished. Apologies for any inconvenience!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 10, 2018

Hello, Chamtsee's shop will be closed for a little while longer yet, sorry for the delay in re-opening. We have a temporary workshop in a tent while our new building is being finished. Apologies for any inconvenience!

Dolma Kyap

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About

I want to create a workshop where people are happy, making beautiful things that will give them an income so that they can better themselves.

Chamtsee means compassion in Tibetan. It is a very small workshop at present, but we have big dreams for the future and are taking it step by step. We wish to employ Tibetan nomads, to help with the changing nomadic way of life, and to keep our cultural values alive for humanity.

Tibetan nomads have lived an all handmade lifestyle up until very recently. They make their yak tents, their dress, fuel, saddles for horses and yaks, carpeting and houses with stone or rammed earth walls.

With our appreciation of handmade, I was encouraged to start a venture, an enterprise, in Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Gansu province in China, for the preservation of Tibetan art and craftsmanship.

It is clear that there is a need for employment in the nomad community, so with the help of my close family and relatives we are creating something special and meaningful. Chamtsee employs local people, we are training them in traditional skills like natural dyeing, spinning and weaving and thus utilising local materials like wool, tseepa and khullu becomes easy; we live in the middle of tens of thousands of yaks and sheep.

Shop members

  • Dolma Kyap

    Owner, Photographer, Marketer

    I was born in Zorgey in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and growing up as a nomad I went to school in Labrang. I have lived in India for more than twenty years, and from there have travelled around the world and have recently returned to Tibet.

  • Sangye Dolma and Dolmaykab

    Spinner/Knitter, Tailor

    Sangye Dolma is my sister, she hands spins the khullu fibre and knits hats. Her husband Dolmakyab makes our hand-woven fabric into cushion covers.

  • Rinchenkyi

    Dyer

    My sister Rinchenkyi trained to be our natural dyer, and dyes both wool and khullu yarns. She uses local rhubarb and walnuts, and we also buy brazilwood and indigo, so that she can create wonderful colours.

  • Takla

    Manger/Technician

    Takla is Rinchenkyi's husband. He is our Workshop manager, he is also the whizz who fixes everything! He's good at plumbing, electrics and all sorts of DIY jobs. Takla keeps the place running!

  • Kalsang and Lhamokyi

    Weaver, Spinner

    Kalsang and Lhamokyi are from the same village as my brother-in-law. Kalsang is an excellent weaver and loves working with colour. His wife Lhamokyi can also weave, but she spins the khullu too.

  • Lhamo Kyap and Damdinkyi

    Weaver, Spinner

    Lhamo Kyap and his wife Damdinkyi are also from the same village as my brother-in-law. Lhamo Kyap trained as a weaver, and enjoys his work. Damdinkyi is a spinner, and when she isn't spinning, she is very busy winding bobbins of weft for the weavers.

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