Magical hands at work : Gangtok

A visit to the Directorate of Handloom and Handicraft in Gangtok , is a wonderful way of getting a glimpse of the traditional arts and crafts of the state. Watching the carpet weavers , wood carvers and thangka painters in action and realizing that it takes weeks and sometimes months of incessant toiling and great attention to detail for the completion of a piece of art , makes one more appreciative of these gifts of labour.

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Lepcha weavers
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A closer look at the pattern
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Wood Carver at work

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Thangka artist
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Thangka painting
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Mask Making
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Some of these masks are used in tradiitonal temple dances
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Finally , the carpet weavers
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This carpet would take two months to complete !
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Pattern in progress

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