At Lha Tibet Fair Trade (LTFT), our producers are our artist partners, and we strive to treat them as such. Our partners are weavers, sculptors, jewelers and metalsmiths; they are potters, taylors, dyers and engravers. They are craftsmen and craftswomen, accomplished in their arts and a living part of their endangered Tibetan heritage.
They are refugees from Tibet, living in settlements in New Delhi, Dehradun (Uttarakhand), and Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh). While some of our artist partners are recently arrived in India and others are second generation refugees, each of them face the hardships of life in exile, and for Tibetan craftspeople especially, making a living wage in a foreign country is often difficult.
Lha Tibet Fair Trade is committed to supporting the artists of these refugee communities. We uphold this commitment by paying our artists a fair value for their crafts, developing a larger and more sutainable market for their goods, and commiting a portion of LTFT’s profits to the Lha Charitable Trust, which directly supports the Tibetan community in Dharamsala through education, health, and employment initiatives.
By choosing Lha Tibet Fair Trade, you are not only directly supporting out artist partners, but also supporting the local communities in which they live and the rich artistic tradition of which they are a part.