Artist Profiles

Artist:

Soni Gurung

Country:

Nepal

Organization:

Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative

Media/General:

Textiles

Medium of Work:

Tibetan woven carpets and wool blankets with symbolic motifs

About:

Soni Gurung has been a weaver for more than 23 years, and is a founding member of the Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative. The patterns on Soni Gurung’s carpets and blankets are steeped with symbolic meaning. Six motifs are connected to the Buddhist belief system. Soni specializes in weaving snow lions, peacocks, and phoenixes motifs into her carpets and blankets

Yangma Traditional Weavers Cooperative was founded to preserve the unique weaving traditions of the Yangma peoples who reside on the border of Tibet and Nepal. The members of the cooperative live in the remote villages of the Olangchung-Gola region and have all mastered the weaving of these beautiful carpets.