Khampa Nomad Arts Cooperative

 
 
 

satchels & purses

Rings PurseSATCHELS & PURSES are some of our most popular items.  Nomad artists have created a large variety of styles and patterns, many with traditional themes.  There are always new designs.  You can choose from here, or you can request a particular picture and bag sizing, and let the artist design a bag for you.

Most are made of hand-woven yak-hair, in various levels of coarseness.  There are also some wool bags.   They are all entirely handmade, but for a few decorative pieces bought and sewn on. 

Many of the themes are members of the "Eight Treasure Painting," and are often seen in households and temples.  They are meant to bring blessings and luck by bringing the various qualities the items symbolize.  Below, we have given a brief description of the meaning of these symbols, as well as noting their Tibetan names (in italics).

Please click on a caption or image to view the satchel or purse.




WOVEN PURSES:

 

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 CLASSIC

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KHAMPA

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HORSETAIL

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FESTIVAL contains sun, moon, and stars: a traditional design which reminds people to respect the things which are high (for example high lamas)  

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NOMAD

TWO GOLDEN CARP I
Sernya Kha hStruk,  one of the 8 Treasures, a symbol of Harmony

 

 

 

 

EMBROIDERED PATTERNS:

 

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 ETERNAL KNOT I
Baryin, one of the 8 Treasures, a symbol of Completeness 

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SWIRL 1
hYongjo, a symbol for Unchangeingness (it always goes in one direction)

 

 

 

 

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LOTUS FLOWER I
Meituk Pema, one of the 8 Treasures, a symbol of Purity

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YAK I
hYak, a symbol of wealth

 

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CONCH I
Don Ger, one of the 8 Treasures, symbol of the spread of the teachings of Buddhism, also Purity of Heart. 

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LOTUS FLOWER II
Meituk Pema, one of the 8 Treasures, a symbol of Purity

 

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TWO GOLDEN CARP II
Sernya Kha hStruk,  one of the 8 Treasures, a symbol of Harmony

 

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YAK II
hYak Go
, a symbol of wealth

     
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YAK III
hYak Go, a symbol of wealth

   

 

 

 

 

FELT APPLIQUÉS:

 

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WHEEL OF LIFE
Chunjeu Khurlo, one of the 8 Treasures, symbol of Buddhism itself

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CONCH II
Don Ger, one of the 8 Treasures, symbol of the spread of the teachings of Buddhism, also Purity of Heart. 

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JEWEL OF THE SEA I Norweu, one of the 8 treasures, symbol of all rare things on earth, and reminder to people that they must value and protect all rare things

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JEWEL OF THE SEA II
Norweu, one of the 8 treasures, symbol of all rare things on earth, and reminder to people that they must value and protect all rare things

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SWIRL II
hYongjo, a symbol for Unchangeingness (it always goes in one direction)

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RINGS
a symbol of Unity

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CHINESE GREAT WALL
Gyana Charu, a Chinese symbol of Completeness which has long been used by Tibetans on clothing, for borders

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LOOP
a symbol of Stability

 

ETERNAL KNOT II
Baryin, one of the 8 Treasures, a symbol of Completeness 

 
       

POUCHES:

 

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ROUND
Tsoku, a traditional monk's bag

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SQUARE
This is a new design

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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