Tibetan Art and Crafts
During your tour in Tibet. You will encounter with lots of Tibetan Art and Crafts during your Tibet travel. Here are our attempt to help you understand the real meaning behind all the artwork in Tibet.
Buddhism plays a Dominate role in every aspect of our daily life in Tibet. Throughout the Tibetan History, we gave higher importance to spiritual matters than compare with the materialistic development. Tibetan art and crafts can reflect this fact. All our Arts and crafts are either originate or focus of religious values. Many of those signs and symbols are often used for decorating the interior of the house or furniture.
We often consider thousand of volumes of literary works, the numbers of profoundly realize mystics and scholars as the greatest accomplishment of our culture. All the visual art and crafts are explicitly dedicating to help raise the level of realization for the Spiritual practitioners.
The primary purpose of spiritual practice in Buddhist is to attain enlightenment that frees us from the cyclic existence of Saṃsāra. The goal of Buddhist work of art is to aid the practitioners as a source of inspiration and as the object of Meditation.
In Tibetan religious art, The images deities and other iconic figures are generally the Images that have appeared in the vision of great masters while mediating. The artist has followed the guideline from the scripture. And an ordinary artist cannot modify it. To make changes to the instructions of the art out artist must follow the new directions from the vision of the realized contemporary masters and with their permission.
We can observe the Tibetan religious artwork on several levels. On the general appearance, it is beautiful artwork and could convey some spiritual qualities to those who see it. One the more in-depth level, it is an aid for the spiritual practice. The object became the inspiration for the meditator. Many travelers think we Tibetans are worshiping the idols, but in the real sense, we are only taking it as the inspiration after seeing the images of enlightened masters.
Following as different kinds of Tibetan art and crafts, you may want to familiarize before traveling to Tibet.
Here we would like to discuss the few aspects of Tibetan Art and Carfts;
I-Tibet travel and Tours is fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. Our privilege to be able to host you in Tibet also makes our responsibility in protecting nature and contributing back communities.
As a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Our staffs are 100% local Tibetan tourism professionals. Additionally, We only use local Tibetan guides, other tours crews, and local business. 100% of the travel money goes to locals. Besides, We use 3% of the net profit into Environmental and social initiatives.
Being Tibetan, We know how vital the Tibetan environment is for the entire world. Mountains, glacier, and rivers are all cherished in our culture. We do our best to reduce the environmental impact of your tours in Tibet.
Following are Our ways:
a) No Small plastic bottles in the tour
All the drinking water are provided in the bigger container. So all visitors are asked to bring his/her own water bottle. In this way, we reduce hundreds and thousands of small plastic bottles. All the bigger containers are provided back to the manufacturer for reuse.
b) Incentives for practice
Incentives are given to guide and drivers. Who follow our strict directories on ethical practice towards sustainable and responsible tourism practice.
c) Staff Training every winter
Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism. We provide skill training required for the practice of Responsible and Sustainable tourism practice, first Aids and emergency first responder training. One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management by fritz institute. We work closely with individuals from institute like Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.
d) Tree Plantation
Some portion of the tour money are save for our 1000 Tree plantation project. We will plant trees when we will have enough funds.
e) Smaller group size
All our tours are a small group to reduce environmental Impact. Since traveling in a smaller group has less impact on committed in an area than a big group. Therefore all our tour groups are small.
f) Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet
During your trekking Tours, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem. We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects. Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.
1: We nothing leave mother behind.
We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
2: We protect the grassland
A little destruction of Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours, we will not make drainage surrounding your tent. Instead, we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors which prevent water from getting into the tent. We don’t put a small tent toilet. Even if we try to put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the view.
3: Collecting the garbage along the way.
We have a saying in Tibet, “if you can’t help, don’t harm.” Here is our helping part. We always have extra yaks carrying the Garbages, our yak men will be collecting while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all, and they have free time at the camp. While cook prepares for meals and drinks, We pay yaks men’s incentives in collecting the rubbish around the camp.
I-Tibet travel and tours, identify its self as a social enterprise. For this, we dedicate 3% of our annual net profit to Social and environmental projects. Every winter we buy winter clothes for small children and donate to schools. In this way, besides donating winter cloth, we are also encouraging them to go to school.
It is important to make our guest understand Local Culture, Beliefs, and Ethics. Hence it will make it more comfortable during Our special tour arrangements. Like, your home visit, culture programs, and our others.