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Tibet promotes the development and protection of Jinpa leather processing skill

Publish Time: 2017-09-13 Author: From: VTIBET.com

Since ancient times, Jinpa village, located in Chushur County of Lhasa, has its unique leather producing and processing tradition, which makes every family in Jinpa village master the basic skill of producing leather products, such as leather boat, leather tsampa bag and so on.

In 2010, this special skill was included in district-level intangible cultural heritage list. In order to better protect and inherit the traditional Jinpa leather processing skill, representative inheritor Tsering set up leather processing cooperative in the village in 2013, which sustainable developed the traditional craftsmanship.

Tsering tells about the protection of intangible cultural heritage and processing of leather productions. [Photo/China Tibet News]

Compared with previous leather products made by family workshops, the current products seem much better and more exquisite. "Our workshop started with seven apprentices at the very beginning, now we already have more than twenty apprentices. With the expansion of production scale, the leather products have grown in number," said Tsering.

"Jinpa leather processing skill is the one that has inherited best among intangible cultural heritage projects in Chushur county. On the one hand, inheriting and protecting the special skill helps jobless villagers or poor families overcome poverty and transmit the skill, and on the other hand, setting up leather processing cooperative realizes a large-scale productions," said Lhakpa Tsering, an official of Publicity Department of Chushur County.

The key reason why Jinpa leather-making skill is bursting with vitality is because it adapted to the market economy conditions and formed a productive protection pattern. "Productive protection is a virtuous cycle that blends traditional skills into local people's life by a productive way, which promotes employment, improves living standards, increases the number of people who master the skill and inherits the traditional skill with an intangible way," said Gigi, director of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Culture Department in Tibet Autonomous Region.

Dawa, a villager of Jinba Village, is learning leather-making skill from Tsering. She used to work as a waitress at a restaurant in the Quxur County and only earned 600 yuan every month. However, now Dawa has an income of 1,000 yuan each month. "My work place is very near to my home. It's very convenient. Now I have free time to do chores and take care of my kids after I get off duty. What's more, I can ask for leave when the busy season comes or I feel ill and I can earn more than before," said Dawa.

Photo shows various kinds of lady bags made of leather. [Photo/VTIBET.com]

Tsering specially sets up an exhibition room of leather products in leather processing cooperatives to show their products. "We make more than 80 products, such as tea bags, gunny bags, tsampa bags, various kinds of handbags and cell phone case, etc," said Tsering.

"Productive protection not only requests to protect the traditional skill, but also asks to keep pace with the times. Therefore, the products need to adapt to the changes of market requirements, satisfy people's aesthetic demands and remain the traditional skill unchanged at the same time," said Gigi.

"Among the ten categories of intangible cultural heritage projects, traditional manual skills, folk arts and traditional medicine are suitable for productive protection. And over 40 percent of district-level heritage projects are suitable for productive protection. In order to protect and transmit the intangible cultural heritage well, the first batch of district-level protection stations will be published this year," said Gigi.

Editor: Tenzin Woebom

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