Tibetan Coconut Craft

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“Genuine Hand Carved Coconut Jewellery by Tibetan Artist ”

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About Tibetan Coconut Craft

Tibetan Coconut Craft

I love hand carving coconut shell and making something beautiful

MY STORY

Hi my name is Chogonja I was born in a small village in the Amdo region of Tibet which is the North East part. I went to school from the age of seven till twelve then had to leave as I was needed to look after our flock of seven hundred sheep. At the age of fifteen I left the family home to become a Tibetan dancer. I was part of a group of sixteen dancers who travelled all over Tibet and China performing to large audiences.

At the age of twenty one I decided that I wanted to leave Tibet as I had a really strong desire to see his Holiness the Dalai Lama with my own eyes; as is the desire of many Tibetans. Also I wanted to learn English and further my studies.

I travelled for twenty days by foot in the darkness of night with a group of ten and a guide carrying enough food and water for my trip. I arrived in Nepal at the reception centre and was then sent to Dharamshala in Northern India (where the Dalai Lama lives) to be schooled. I spent four years at school studying English, Tibetan writing, history and culture. After leaving school I worked in restaurants, cafe and an internet shop where I met my future wife who is from Dundee where I now live.

By chance whilst living in McLeodganj I stopped at a stand where a Tibetan was selling coconut jewellery. I immediately loved the jewellery and with some persuasion he agreed to teach me his trade. With a lot of patience and perseverance I am now producing coconut jewellery that I love and am proud of.

COCONUTS

Found throughout the tropic and subtropic regions, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many uses of its different parts. In Sanskrit it is known as the tree which provides all the necessities of life and in Malay it is called the tree of a thousand uses.

Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people. The husks and leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating and the trunk can be used for building houses, boats and bridges. It is even used to make musical instruments in China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It has cultural and religious significance in many societies that use it. Hindus will break a coconut when embarking on a new venture to ensure the blessings of the Gods. Coconut flowers are used at Buddhist and Hindu weddings and in many South and Southeast Asian and Pacific cultures the coconut plays the main role in the legends of the origins of life.

I love Coconut because…..

I love working with coconut because of it being a natural replaceable medium. When worn the pieces acquire a lustre against the skin and because coconut is impervious to water its beauty remains untouched when wet. Unlike many ways of jewellery making I don’t need to use harsh chemicals of any sort and so in my own small way I feel that I am honouring the planet which in return is giving me my living.

If you are looking for something eco-friendly, hand crafted and unique then you have come to the right place.

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