Sonam Wangmo


  

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Sonam Wangmo is the creator of our green Kyirong pangden. She is originally from an area just inside the Tibet border but currently lives in a Tibetan community near the Nepal/Tibet border with eight other families.  Throughout the world, it is estimated that there are more than one hundred thousand Tibetans living outside of their homeland.  Each of them has a story to tell.  Sonam’s mother taught her how to weave at sixteen, and she has been weaving for thirty years now. Weaving is her only source of income. Her loom is handcrafted, and her yarn is locally sourced.

 About the Kyirong People

 

Kyirong (Happy Valley) is a beautiful region in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) above the northern Nepal border. This rather large area has a unique river valley allowing for forested areas to the south with the high desert to the far north. Many of the inhabitants of Kyirong also reside in Nepal within a few miles of the border.  In one of the settlements of Kyirong in Nepal is where the pangden is made.