Sheep are raised by Tibetan farmers and nomads and sheep wool is used for weaving blankets and clothing. They are so important to the culture that sheep are often depicted in Tibetan religious art.
These charming Mother Sheep Dolls are made by Gaga, a master tailor in Lhasa who specializes in making Tibetan animal toys. She has taken the Year of the Sheep as an opportunity to showcase a variety of special dolls.
Dropenling is an organization that identifies Tibetan master artisans who can teach younger artisans their skills. They also work with the artisans to develop new products that reflect and perpetuate Tibetan culture. The products are produced within Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and in Tibetan communities in Yunnan province.