Exquisite, unique hand-made carpets - Tales from Tibet Carpet Exhibition Auckland

Monday 8 August 2011, 4:43PM

By Trade Aid Importers



Illustrated with exquisite hand-knotted threads, the Tales from Tibet Exhibition and Sale features the traditional symbols and mythology of Tibetan refugee weavers.

Exhibition and Sale opens at Depot Galleries Devonport, Auckland on Saturday 20 August.

Tales from Tibet tells the tale of the snow capped mountains that led Tibetan refugees on their long journey, the mystical creatures of the Tibetan legends and the symbols that depict the culture they still live and breathe. The carpets that were carried over the mountains as the Tibetans left their homeland alert us to the value placed on these functional works of art and have allowed the weavers to retain the essence and tradition of the Tibetan culture in their work.

These unique pieces were the founding products which led Trade Aid into relationships with thousands of producers across the developing world. “Tales from Tibet is your chance to purchase an original hand woven carpet, exploitation free, from an industry notorious for child labour and low wages” says Vi Cottrell co-founder of Trade Aid. “A medium sized carpet provides work for one weaver for a month and an income sufficient to support the family”. Vi will be present at the opening to talk of her experience with the Tibetan culture, product and experience as founder of Trade Aid.

Today, each carpet is the product of a skilled Tibetan refugee’s craftsmanship and represents the fair trading relationship between Trade Aid and the Tibetan producers in India and Nepal. There are nearly 50 carpets; each is a true piece of art which can only be viewed during exhibitions held by Trade Aid twice a year in various galleries across New Zealand.

Auckland Details
The exhibition and sale runs from August 20 to September 1, at Depot Galleries, Clarence St, Devonport, Auckland. An opening event will be held at 3pm on Saturday 20 August.

For interview and photo opportunities please contact:
Nina Gresslehner
Trade Aid Importers Ltd
PH 03 385 3535 ext 231