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The team

Honoring the Locals

the team

Honoring the Locals

The locals are the people of Mustang, in this case they are the people of Lomanthang. Almost. There are people from Chhoser as well. There are people from Pokhara. They all share the same faith. They all want to safeguard their culture and their heritage. They don't want museums, they want living temples.

"If you want to save our culture you need to save the monasteries because everything here spins around religion"

Most of them were and still are farmers. First they became restorers, then painters. Yet they are farmers. And they are all proud of both the lives they were offered to live. We lost some on the way: there is who opened a guest house, who opened a shop, who moved in a foreign country and who decided to take care of their family. And some opened small art galleries in Lomanthang.

This page is a way for me to pay homage and respect to all those wonderful people who have been involved in the project: the ones still in and the ones out. All of them gave their best and contributed to reach the stage we are in right now.

Thank you, dear friends.

the artists behind the project

the ones in and the ones out
Tsewang Jigme
Tsewang Jigme
Project Co-leader
Tashi Doka
Tashi Doka
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tsewang Jigme
Indra Bista
Project Manager
Dolma Tsering
Dolma Tsering
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Dawa
Dawa
Thangka Painter
Dhoka
Dhoka
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tashi Wangyel
Tashi Wangyel
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Karsang Choeten
Karsang Choeten
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Pasang
Pasang
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tashi Lhamo
Tashi Lhamo
Ex Wall Painting Team
Wangyal
Wangyal
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Pema Yangdo
Pema Yangdo
Ex Wall Painting Team
Lobsang
Lobsang
Thangka Painter
Tsering Dolma
Tsering Dolma
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Ngawang
Ngawang
Thangka Painter
TseTse
TseTse
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tsering
Tsering
Thangka Painter
Tsepten Toma
Tsepten Toma
Ex Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tendar
Tendar
Thangka Painter
Tsering Wangmo
Tsering Wangmo
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tenzing
Tenzing
Thangka Painter
Yandoka
Yandoka
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tashi
Tashi
Ex Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tsering Wangmo
Tsering Wangmo
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tsepten
Tsepten
Thangka Painter
Pasang Doka
Pasang Doka
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Palden
Palden
Thangka Painter
Phu Doma
Phu Doma
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Dendup
Dendup
Ex Thangka Painter
Tsetsi Wangmo
Tsetsi Wangmo
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Angyal
Angyal
Mason
Yangjing
Yangjing
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Tamding
Tamding
Mason
Chhimi
Chhimi
Wall Painting Conservation Team
Sonam Tsering
Sonam Tsering
Electrician
Rindzing
Rindzing
Mason
Tsering Phuntsok
Tsering Phuntsok
Ex-Thangka Painter
Kunga
Kunga
Electrician
Karma
Karma
Ex Wall Painting Conservation Team
Angyal
Angyal
Ex Wall Painting Conservation Team
Pasang
Pasang
Ex Wall Painting Conservation Team
Wangyal
Wangyal
Ex Wall Painting Conservation Team
Teams Within

Teams

What They Actually Do

co leaders

Jojo (Tsewang Jigme) and Indra are the co-leaders of the project. Indra looks after the management, the materials, the salaries, the bills, the team and he's the fixer as well: if there is a problem, he'll find a way out. Jojo is the team leader when I'm not on site. By envisioning self-sustainability we are trying to give the chance to prove they can work without foreigners and hopefully go on working in the future by themselves.

thangka painters

When the reconstruction project started we hired two thangka painters to help us. We thought the local team would have gone faster and they could have helped us training the locals in the skills of painting as well. Nonetheless they themselves had to be trained in the old style, nearly forgotten and barely taught in the art schools of Tibetan art. Results were so brilliant that here we are today with a team of eight dedicated thangka painters helping us bringing life back on the walls.

the main team

They are the core of the project. They have been trained in conservation first. Then thanks to The American Himalayan Foundation some of them received thangka training sessions from Mukti Singh Thapa over five winters and they started passing over their friends the basics of painting. Now those skills are a precious contribution to the successful results of this project.

masons

They have been working in the conservation project before and we trained them in the skills of masonry. Now they take care of the walls we are going to paint. They collect the right kind of clay we need, they sieve it thoroughly to the grain size we want, they prepare masterfully the plaster and they make sure the surface is as flat as possible.

electricians

They make sure we have light. They take care of the generators we use for work, they do all the maintenance. They set up all the wires and socket boxes and they make sure the lighting runs smoothly. It seems an easy task but nothing is easy on the Himalaya. They can fix our generators even without spare parts!