Recent Achievements in 2010-2011
UNESCO Seal of Excellence Award. TPAF
supported a group of master artisans and Tibetan product specialists to
attend a training workshop organized by UNESCO in Guizhou Province.
Two product designs submitted by the group received the
"UNESCO Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts Products" award, which is
expected to increase product sales, while also giving
artisans stronger incentives to continue preserving cultural traditions.
Marketing Support for Tibetan Artisan Products. 96 Tibetan artisan enterprises received over $193,700 from product sales through TPAF supported marketing channels in China and overseas, and the number of overseas distributors selling Tibetan artisan products increased to 84.
Product Design Innovation. 39 artisans received training in new design
innovation as well as marketing support to sell their products.
Trainees learned to design and produce new products with Tibetan motifs
including painted wood products, puppets, dolls, animal toys, cloth ornaments. Local product design
trainers and master tailors were coached by international design
specialists to build their capacity to conduct similar trainings independently
in the future.
in Market Trends. 113 artisans participated in market trends trainings led by a team of Tibetan product development and marketing
specialists. Trainings were intended to help artisans better understand buyer
tastes and quality expectations, and develop new designs with traditional
motifs that appeal to foreign and domestic markets.
Natural Dyeing Techniques. A series of trainings in natural dyeing of wool
yarn for traditional blanket and carpet weaving were held for 48 weavers and yarn dyers. Trainees learned to prepare and use natural dyes to produce various colors of wool yarn, how to use mordants and over-dye colors using rhubarb, indigo, madder, and other natural dye ingredients.
Training in Wool
Carpet Production. 29 unemployed women from rural villages received 6 months
of apprenticeship training in carpet weaving skills, and 9 also benefited from
training in other carpet production skills including electric and manual carpet
scissoring, border sewing, washing, and yarn dyeing.