- March 16, 2018
We have a range of new Tibetan rugs that have just arrived – These rugs took a long time to get to us (even longer than usual) due to the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, Neapal. These beautiful, unique rugs are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Tibetan rug-making techniques. Hand knotted, using hand dyed wool, each is a made in a community auspiced by the Dalai Llama’s Government in exile in Kathmandu. This project is unusual because the rug is owned by the artists, rather than licensed to a third party. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these rugs guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.
Below is a thesis submitted by Elizabeth Newman in part requirement for the degree of Master of Social Science (International Development) within the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University on Better World Arts with a focus on the Tibetan Rug Project.