Tibetan Tapestries – Dream Weaves from the Himalayas Designs by José Sanint

02/28/12 through 04/18/12 | 12-5

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Tibet House US is delighted to present its next magnificent art exhibition entitled Tibetan Tapestries – Dream Weaves from the Himalayas. Featuring contemporary designs by Colombian architect José Sanint, beautiful textiles have been hand-woven by Tibetan artisans using carefully restored antique ceremonial garbs and an ancient Tibetan-Himalayan-Buddhist weaving tradition. Tibetan Tapestries – Dream Weaves from the Himalayas will be on display from February 28, 2011 through April 18, 2012 at the Tibet House US Gallery with a special opening reception on March 2, 2012 from 6-8pm at the gallery. These great works of artisanship will be made available for sale, supporting the work of the Tibet House US and that of the Akrabhala Foundation, which was founded by José Sanint to protect and preserve the endangered art and culture of Tibet.

The restored antique Buddhist ceremonial fabrics, between 150-200 years old, have been woven together with Sanint’s modern tapestries using the same traditional methods used to create the original textiles, essentially crafting a contemporary piece of art with equal parts history and hope for the future. Tibetan craftswomen dye the fabric with natural pigments made from a variety of regional flora and then hand-weave the textiles on a vertical loom. Traditionally, a woman will craft one for her mother and each of her male family members, excluding herself. When her grandmother passes away, she inherits the matriarch’s coveted clothing, bringing the process full-circle.


In 2010, architect Jose Sanint closed his architecture and interior design office in Colombia and traveled abroad to the Himalayas. Sanint journeyed through the mountains of Nepal and befriended Pasang Tsering, a 50 year old Tibetan, who introduced Sanint to the culture of his remote village. Together the two men began a project: gathering and restoring ancient Himalayan fabrics to their original glory. After many months of exploration and creation with these fabrics, the two men had created a collection of tapestries that became the catalyst for creating The Akrabahla Foundation.

The Akrabhala Foundation will establish a workshop that will keep these traditional Tibetan-Himalayan weaving customs alive while also creating a space in the global market for contemporary works of this ancient art form. Through these endeavors, Akrabhala will assist the artisans in sharing their art with the world, creating a way for these craftswomen to promote their heritage and support their families.

ABOUT TIBET HOUSE US GALLERY - Since opening in 1998, the Tibet House US Gallery has featured exhibitions of classical and contemporary Tibetan art, as well as modern and contemporary art inspired by Tibetan culture. Exhibitions have included artworks from private collections and museums, as well as selections from Tibet House’s own Repatriation Collection. The Repatriation Collection represents an ongoing effort to conserve examples of Tibetan art and artifacts for their eventual repatriation. The 2,000 square foot Gallery is open to the public and includes a traditional Tibetan shrine room, which is available to visitors for quiet contemplation and meditation.

Gallery Location: 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011 Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. / P. 212.807.0563

ABOUT TIBET HOUSE US - Established in 1987 under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet House US is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy working to preserve, restore and present Tibet's unique cultural and spiritual heritage by means of a permanent cultural center, with gallery, library, and archives, and developing traveling exhibitions, print publications and media productions. Additionally they seek to share with the world Tibet's practical systems of spiritual philosophy and mind sciences, and its arts of human development, intercultural dialogues, nonviolence, and peacemaking, by means of innovative programs in cooperation with educational and other cultural institutions.

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