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Carpets offer an insight into Tibet

  Colourful carpets: New Plymouth Trade Aid shop manager Donna Stonnell holds up one of the Tibetan carpets.
Taranaki people have the chance to see rarely seen carpets from Tibet.

 

Carpets depicting mystical creatures of Tibetan legends will be on show and for sale at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford.

Only two exhibitions featuring the carpets are run by Trade Aid each year, in two separate galleries around the country.

Carpets are imported through Trade Aid's Tibetan producer partners in India and Nepal.

"Tales from Tibet is your chance to purchase an original hand woven carpet that is guaranteed exploitation-free in an industry notorious for child labour and low wages," Trade Aid co-founder Vi Cottrell said.

"A medium-sized carpet provides work for one weaver for a month and an income sufficient to support the family."

Each carpet is made by skilled Tibetan refugees.

These carpets were the founding products that led Trade Aid into relationships with thousands of producers around the world.

Carpet making has allowed the weavers to retain the essence and tradition of the Tibetan culture in their work.

The exhibition runs from August 3 to 23 at the gallery on Miranda St, Stratford, from 10.30am to 4pm weekdays and 10.30am to 3pm at the weekends. Entry is free.

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