Tsering Cherki


 
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Tsering Cherki is from a remote Himalayan region in Nepal called Dolpo and has been weaving pangden for seven years (2017). While the colors may vary, the pattern Cherki weaves is distinct to the Dolpo people. The textile comes from yak and sheep wool, and she weaves on her own handcrafted loom. She first learned to make pangden in her village but has mastered the technique over the past several years while living in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Cherki sells her pangden to Dolpo women also. She uses the income to support her family.
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About the Dolpa People

Dolpo is a midwestern district of Nepal that borders Tibet with an estimated population of 10,000. From the 6th to the 8th century Dolpo was a part of the empire of Tibet. In the 14th century Dolpo fell under its eastern neighbor, the Kingdom of Lo (referred to as "Mustang" in Nepali) until 1769 when the Gorkhas conquered and created the Kingdom of Nepal. Dolpo is geologically part of the sedimentary Tibetan-Tethys zone, meaning it is geologically connected to the Tibetan plateau. It is surrounded by Himalayan mountains including the infamous Dhaulagiri (26,811 ft) to the east.