Lost and Found: Reclaiming Tibetan Rug Weaving

Wednesday, February 14, 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Textiles Building, Studio L3, Oakland Campus

This event will be led by Tamdin Khangkar, a textile consultant and natural dyer who has been working in the hand-woven carpet industry for the last three decades. He is currently researching and attempting to revitalize traditional natural dyeing methods and rug-knotting techniques by working collaboratively with Tibetan master weavers in Nepal. He will discuss the origins of rug-weaving workshops started in the Refugee Camp in Kathmandu, Nepal and explore how the community came to learn this traditional craft which was otherwise inaccessible to them back in Tibet. From traditional motifs and designs, today the industry also collaborates with contemporary artists and designers around the world. Along with the lecture, there will be a demonstration showing the process of rug weaving: from drafting a design on a graph, dyeing yarn, warping the loom to traditional rug-knotting techniques.

Schedule of Events:

9-9:30 a.m.
Introduction: share examples of Tibetan rugs and textiles

9:30-10 a.m.
Prepare yarn for weaving: share natural dye recipes used in the rug industry to create fast and durable colors which are then documented and saved as color pom poms with their own codes

10-10:30 a.m.
Introduction to Graphing: we will be graphing manually but will also introduce Galaincha software

10:30-11 a.m.
Warping the loom

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Rug Weaving Demonstration 

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

1:30-2 p.m.
Carpet Finishing: trimming and cutting pile to create sharper patterns, stretching, and discussing cleaning methods after finishing the rug

2-3 p.m.
Lecture and Discussion

More information: contact Nick Janikian, njanikian@cca.edu