Tsering Bhote



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Tsering Bhote is from Thudam and is the weaver of our Lhomi pangden. She has been weaving since she was thirteen, and as tradition in her village her mother taught her how to weave because their village is the source of other villages' pangdens. Even as she moved to different areas of Nepal she has always taken her craft with her. She has been living in Kathmandu for nine years. Weaving is her main source of income. The materials are sourced locally and the frame of her loom was handcrafted by Tibetans and the inside mechanisms were made by her.

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 ..About the Lhomi People

       The Lhomi are one of the ethnic groups that reside in the upper Arun valley of the Sankhuwasabha District among the eastern Nepal Himalayas. Lhomi means "Southern people," referring to their general location as compared to the majority of Tibetan people. While the Lhomi are ethnically Tibetan, they have developed their own distinct language and culture. Lhomi have numerous clans that form the basis of much of their life interaction, such as marriage, working relationships, and even annual archery competitions between them. Lhomi are also reknowned for their jovial and hearty outlook on life. Their population is estimated around 8,000. Many have moved to Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, for school and work, but their village lifestyle of farming and agriculture remains thriving.