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Gyangze carpet: the treasures of ethnic crafts
By:China Tibet News
update:January 20,2020

Photo shows factory worker, Penpa Kyipa weaving carpet. [China Tibet News/ Tenzin Sydron]

Jan. 20, 2020 -- Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has a long history of wool weaving, and Gyangze County of Shigaste City is a famous "carpet hometown" in Tibet. Tibetan carpets is known as one of the world's three famous carpets together with Turkish carpets and Persian carpets. Gyantse carpet is very remarkable in its designing, spinning, dyeing, weaving, cutting and other aspects. In addition, the pattern with strong ethnic features makes it of great artistic value. In 2006, the carpet was involved into the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list.
"The government of Gyangze County invested 6.5 million yuan RMB to help us build a new workshop with steel frame structure, covering an area of more than 1.5 hectare," Laping, director of Gyantse carpet factory, said, "now there are 60 workers in our factory, and the per capita monthly income can be more than 3200 yuan RMB. In addition, our factory adopts the system of 'more work, more gain'. The person with the highest monthly income can earn more than 4,700 yuan RMB. It can not only improve the enthusiasm of employees, but also improve the production efficiency of our factory."
It is not easy to make a carpet with many process, washing, spinning, dyeing, weaving mat, cutting flowers, designing and so on. Penpa Kyipa, a worker of carpet factory, said, "I began to learn weaving carpets at the age of 14, now it has been more than 40 years. In fact, there are other positions with higher pay and short time working time. The reason I'm holding on so many year's is the on the original intention of inheriting the ethnic crafts."
In 2019, Laping, director of Gyangze carpet factory, was awarded as inheritor of intangible cultural heritage at the autonomous region level. He expresses that the spirit of craftsmanship needs more young people to inherit it; so long as there is continuation, the ethnic handicraft will be pass on.

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