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Touch of Tibet

October 3, 2010

The Hindu
October 1, 2010

New Delhi recently saw a three-day
exhibition-sum-sale of a wide range of Tibetan
products. Organised by the Tibetan Chamber of
Commerce (TCC) in exile, the event, "Little
Tibet" at DLF Place, Saket, was to promote
Tibetan business by exhibiting and retailing
their products such as handicrafts, art works,
medicines and herbal healthcare products, books,
incense, carpets and rugs, home décor and gift
items, organic food, etc. and also service
industry including hotels, restaurants, export
houses, travel and tour operators, etc.

It displayed interesting wares. For example,
theaccessories section had some beautiful
collections of jewellery, bangles, bracelets,
etc. which were a good mix of traditional and
contemporary styles. The USP of the accessories
was that they were nickle-free and Azo-free.

Yet another interesting aspect of the event was
the participant Tara Tibet Beads. It is an NGO
which specialises in bead ornaments made of
‘Murano' glass. It has been bringing unemployed
women on board to make these products.

The exhibition was also high on health as organic
beverages (tea and coffee), spices and medicines
for treatment of ailments ranging from diabetes
to haemorrhoid (piles) to gynaecological problems
found space along with botanic rice, sunflower
oils and grains. L. Dolker Sonam, the consultant
for the exhibition, said, “The medicines on
display are 250-years-old Tibetan traditional
medicines based on the concept of ‘Sowa Rigpa'
(knowledge of healing).” He said, “These
medicines are completely organic and have no side
effects and are effective for treatment of
arthritis, joint pains, hepatitis, gastroenteritis, etc.”

The exhibition also featured Norbulingka, a top
brand from Dharamshala, the seat of the Tibetan
Government in exile. It displayed its jhola bags
with wash resistant prints among other things.
Yet another participant, Paljor Publications, a
leading printer of Tibet-related publications,
presented books on the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The home décor section was full of Thanka
paintings, Buddha statues of varying sizes,
lampshades, ritual masks and scrolls, etc. There
were also trendy garments on display.
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