Thursday, August 30, 2007

Source for Tibetan Silk Brocade

Here is the link: These people are the last remaining source of high quality Tibetan silk brocade. They have been in the business for over 100 years, and are the current suppliers to H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Karmapa, the Bhutanese Royal Family, and so forth. Likely as not, they were the suppliers of the silk brocade used to make Tenpa Rinpoche's famous "missing shirt." For those of you who do not know the story, when Rinpoche was much younger, he had an antique Tibetan shirt in dark purple silk brocade: the one he wears in his "official" portrait. One day in 1971, a lady friend dropped it off for dry cleaning in New York City, and thereafter forgot to pick it up. This same shop was also used by the motion picture actress Shirley MacLaine, who saw the shirt, fancied it, and bought it from the proprietor. The shirt has never been seen since.

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