Handicrafts

Photograph by Heather O’Hagan

TRAS sells a variety of beautiful, high-quality handicrafts made by local Indian, Tibetan and Nepali artisans in community-based handicraft centres in northern India and Nepal.

Our current handicrafts include:

  • Lovely hand-woven 100% wool toques, gloves and shawls from Manushi, a handicraft centre in Manali in the Kullu Valley in northern India. Manushi products are made by hand in the weavers’ homes. The products are examples of the ethnic styles of the region.
  • Colourful hand-woven 100% cotton bags and place mats from Dekyiling Tibetan Handicraft Centre in the Dekyiling Tibetan settlement in Dehra Dun in northern India. Dekyiling Tibetan Handicraft Centre provides a livelihood for Tibetan refugee families and is the home of Dekyiling Crèche, a TRAS-supported daycare centre. TRAS helped fund some of the early construction at the Dekyiling Tibetan settlement in the early 1980s, soon after Tibetan refugees arrived in India from Bhutan.
  • Elegant and colourful 100% cotton woven scarves from Dhaka Weaves in Nepal. A not-for-profit sharing company wholly owned and managed by women, Dhaka Weaves preserved the beautiful traditional inlay style of Nepali weaving and provides economically disadvantaged women with skills and financial self-reliance. To see Dhaka weaving in process, watch this short Dhaka Weaves video on You Tube. Sadly, due to fewer tourists and rising commodity prices, Dhaka Weaves has reluctantly closed its doors. Our few remaining scarves, tablecloths and napkins are now some of the only high quality examples of an ancient skill.
  • Beautiful cards of Tibetan children’s art from Tibetan Children Village schools in India and of Tibetan thangka paintings from the Institute of Tibetan Thangka Arts in Dharamsala.

You can purchase handicrafts at TRAS events  or directly from the TRAS office located at 1183 Melville St., Vancouver.

The office is open to visitors from Tuesday to Thursday. We suggest you contact Joanne, the TRAS Office Manager, before you come to ensure she will be available to assist you: phone 604-224-5133 or email info@tras.ca

Your purchase of these handicrafts supports the artisans and the institutions to which they are attached. All profits from TRAS sales go towards furthering TRAS’s work to support the health and education of children and youth in the Himalayas.

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