Garze is known as Ganzi in Chinese. It is a county in northern Kham, with a low verdant agricultural valley surrounded by high rocky mountains. Ganzi is home to a large monastery and one of only three Tibetan language high schools in all of Kham. Farms in Garze grow primarily barley (tsampa) and potatoes, and houses there are made of mud adobe with wooden beams.
We work with a single artist from Garze, from an agricultural village. He is the only non-herder with whom we work, and the reason is that he makes exceptionally nice door covers and he does so with a sense of artistry.
Photos coming soon!