Tibet Gang Gyen Carpet Factory

Tibet Gang Gyen Carpet Factory information

Location
Shigatse , China
Address
9 Zhufeng Lu
More information
www.tibetgang-gyencarpet.com
Opening hours
9am-1pm & 3-7pm Mon-Sat
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Beside the Gang Gyan Orchard Hotel, 100m down a side alley, this workshop hires and trains impoverished women to weave high quality wool carpets. Upon arrival you’ll be directed to the workshop, where you can watch the 80 or so women work on the carpets, singing as they weave, dye, trim and spin; you’re free to take photos.

Expect to pay US$720, plus shipping if you need it, for a carpet measuring 190cm by 90cm. All the wool used is Tibetan (from Nagchu) and the vegetable dyes are natural. The factory is owned by Tashilhunpo Monastery, which takes half the profits from carpet sales. Credit cards are accepted.