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Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative

Buddhist symbols in handwoven carpets

Soni Gurung has been a weaver for more than 23 years, and is a founding member of the Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative. The patterns on Soni Gurung’s carpets and blankets are steeped with symbolic meaning. Six motifs are connected to the Buddhist belief system. Soni specializes in weaving snow lions, peacocks, and phoenixes motifs into her carpets and blankets

Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative was founded to preserve the unique weaving traditions of the Yangma peoples who reside on the border of Tibet and Nepal. The members of the cooperative live in the remote villages of the Olangchung-Gola region and have all mastered the weaving of these beautiful carpets.