Handcrafts has been an indispensable part of Tibetan people's life since ancient times. What they wear on the body and head, hang on the waist as well as labor tools, home furnishings, house decoration, etc., each piece is closely related to the craft. The most famous and common ones are the following.
Thangka: A scroll painting with a strong Tibetan flavor, most of which are statues of Buddha and bodhisattvas. There are also some paintings of flowers and birds, mountains and waters, medicine and astronomy.
Woodcarving is a part of traditional Tibetan culture and art, including the contents of religion, art, ethnic life and architectural decoration. The art of woodcarving painting in Tibet has a long history, which reflects the ideology and sentiment, the simple national temperament and wisdom of the Tibetan people. The expressive techniques of the woodcarving paintings in Tibet are simple and concise, which not only have rich decorative interest, but also have attractive artistic appreciation value.
The Tibetan Tapestries are the traditional handicrafts in Tibet. Their styles vary according to local customs. There are carpets, tapestries and cushions in the style. The features of Tibetan carpets include: unique weaving method, bright and harmonious color, soft and delicate carpet surface, unfading washing and durability. The Tibetan Tapestries' pattern has a strong ethnic color, so it has a high value of appreciation and collection.
Tibet wool, is a kind of wool cloth woven by hand. It has many colors such as black, red and green. It is the main material for Tibetan clothing, shoes and hats. It is durable and warm.
Tibet Medicine: The Tibetan people have formed a unique pharmaceutical system of Tibetan medicine in their struggle against nature and various diseases. Many Tibetan medicine have better curative effect on diseases such as cardiovascular disease and tumor.
When people think of Tibetan religion, they immediately think of the local national color of Lamaism, and its mysterious and strange atmosphere. And the related technological souvenirs, such as the prayer wheel, the stone engraving sutras, the stone statues, etc., are more mysterious and dignified, which can be said to be the symbol of the long history of Tibet religion.
Jewelry in Tibet includes pearls, agate, gold and silver products. Different Tibetan adorn article has different moral, and the different design implication of the same kind of Tibet adorn is different also, but basically means blessing. Tibetan bracelets and rings are usually made of Tibetan silver, inscribed in Sanskrit, which can ward off evil spirits and pray for good fortune.
Yak is the best friend of the Tibetan people and is honored as a beautiful sacred animal by the tibetan people. The yak bone, as a kind of unique adornment, has the characteristics of primitive nature, bold and vigorous thus can add a kind of feral charm to the wearer!
The Tibetan knife is a must for Tibetans. It can be used to cut meat, protect themselves, or as a special decoration. Men's Tibetan knives are generally rough and sharp while women’s Tibetan knives are delicate, small and exquisite. The exquisite silver decorative scabbard is the main feature of Tibetan knife, and its meticulous carving is incomparable.
The mask of Tibet is a kind of handicraft derived from religion, which is called "Ba" in Tibetan. It is generally divided into three types, namely, "mask of jumping god", "mask of hanging" and "mask of Tibetan opera". The patterns of the jumping god mask include ghosts, talismans, faeries, animal totems, etc., which are mainly used in the festival of the temple. The hanging mask is mainly the representation of various gods, such as the Dharmapala, Pelden Lhamo, Hayagriva etc. Tibetan opera masks are mainly spread in the folk and divided mainly into two types: The blue mask and the white mask. According to the Tibetan drama, there are all kinds of characters' faces, such as Kings, princesses, immortals and monsters.