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Touch of Tibet

New Delhi saw an exhibition of Tibetan products recently



beyond rituals The exhibition gave a peek into Tibetan traditional products alongside modern goods

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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