SHANGDROK- is the Tibetan word for the Nomads of the North.
April Tang from Taiwan incredibly came to my shop and told me about her unlikely journey and commitment to Tibet about the survival of crafts. She founded SHANGDROK, a workshop together with her Tibetan partner in a Tibetan village in 2015, employing half a dozen local women who produce hand-spun yarn and handmade blankets.
Not so long ago all Tibetan women spun, wove and felted. However, due to the influence of the modern lifestyle and the market, not many people still do. The traditional skills are gradually dying out.
That's why SHANGDROK was started.
"We hope to keep these traditions alive while providing jobs in ways and materials they are most familiar with to the local Yak-less nomadic women, who can live close to their family in their own village. At the same time, we want to connect them to the outside world , knowing what they created is highly valued so they can be proud of themselves and their heritage"
60 Garner Nord will offer:
- Silk yarns
-Hand dyed yarns
-Hand swept hats
We only live once, so why not give yourself the chance to knit once in the handspun Yak yarn.