Youngdrung Tashi

Youngdrung Tashi was born into a family of nomadic farmers in Nangchen, eastern Tibet, in 1957. As a young boy, he learned to sew from his father and other relatives, and by his teenage years he was proficient at sewing every article of clothing worn by a rural Tibetan, including their shoes. In his twenties, he trained at a nearby monastery in a wide range of Tibetan Buddhist arts and crafts: thanka painting of sacred images, metalwork (as used in the creation of statues and ritual implements), woodcarving of monastery doors, the sewing of brocade decorations for shrine halls, and the creation and casting of molds for traditional stupa ornaments. Youngdrung is also a skilled tent-maker.