Introduction of Tibetan Handicrafts
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Introduction of Tibetan Handicrafts

Update: Feb. 17th, 2013

Tibetan Manual Tapestry

Introduction of Tibetan Handicrafts – Wood Carving and Painting

The wood carving and painting is a part of Tibetan traditional culture and art. The content of wood carving and painting involves religious art, national life, architectural decoration, etc.

The wood carving and painting in Shigatse Prefecture has long history. The style of wood carving and painting is simple and unsophisticated. It reflects Tibetan's sentiment, rustic nationality quality and intelligence and wisdom. The way of expression of it is succinct. It is not only with rich decorative function, but also with high value of art appreciation.

Tibetan furniture and religious instruments with wood carving and painting is one of traditional handicraft in Tsang. When you visit Tibetan family in your Tibet tour, you will be deeply attracted by various carvings and paintings on Tibetan cupboard, Tibetan desk, Tibetan boxes, as well as windows, pillars.

In recent years, techniques of wood carving and painting in Tsang get continuous development on the basis of carrying on and developing traditional techniques. In order to meet the need of market, there are some mini wood carvings and paintings, mini Tibetan cupboard and other tourism souvenirs on sale.

Introduction of Tibetan Handicrafts – Manual Tapestry

The tapestry is the competitive products of carpet and Cardian. In terms of weave, tapestry is similar with carpet. But the patterns on the tapestry are more complicated. Hence it has higher requirements about techniques. In general, not all skillful weavers of Cardian can make tapestry. At the same time, since the pattern of tapestry is very complicated, it will use several different colors wool yarn. In addition, it only use thin wool yarn. Consequently, the process of making tapestry is more complex. The production and development of manual tapestry is innovation of Tibetan silk industry. Presently, the patterns on manual tapestry only are mountain, river, ancient pictures and some other traditional patterns, as well as various patterns from traditional Chinese paintings, such as Mt. Everest, the Great Wall, Potala Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Palkhor Monastery, grassland scenery, etc.

After the manual tapestry came into market, Tibetan silk products are not only traditional articles for daily use, but also a kind of art product with high value and high standard tourism souvenir.

Introduction of Tibetan Handicrafts – Tibetan Drinking Vessel

Tibetan drinking vessel is with delicate craftwork and rich nationality characteristics. The making process of Tibetan drinking vessel includes casting, smithing, carving, welding, polish, etc. Among these processes, the most important is carving. For example, the wine pot, from up to down, will be carved with patterns of three riders, or tiger, lion, roc and dragon, or phoenix, tiger, crane and rhinoceros or some other patterns. The wine glasses, from up to down, will be carved with Patterns of Eight Immortals, or tiger, lion, roc and dragon, or Four Riders, or the group of Eight Immortals, or some other patterns. The mountains and rivers, flowers and grasses, flying birds and animals which were carved on Tibetan drinking vessels are very vivid. Tibetan drinking vessels are with rich nationality characteristics. In addition, the patterns which carved on drinking vessels are rich historical materials. It is not only with practical functions, but also with a certain value of appreciation and collection.

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