Tsering Drolkar

February 25, 2015
Editor: Amanda Wu
Tsering Drolkar
Tsering Drolkar attends the 2011 Nepal-China Tibet Economic and Trade Fair. [Women of China]

Tibetan woman Tsering Drolkar, manager of a carpet factory in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, has put her heart into preserving and developing traditional Tibetan carpets over the past four decades.

Born in August 1952, Tsering became a worker at the Chengguan District Carpet Factory in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, at the age of 23. Tsering, who had a great passion for Tibetan carpets, mastered all the possible procedures of making Tibetan carpets and worked her way up from an apprentice to a master.

In 1992, Tsering was promoted to Factory Manager. At the time, the carpet factory, which had just gone through a dissolution from the Chengguan District No. 1 Comprehensive Factory, was left with little circulating capital and debts of about one million yuan (U.S. $159,900).

As factory manager, Tseing wasn't intimidated by the difficulties but rather used them as motivation to try even harder to lead all the staff members to come together in an unyielding effort, transforming the factory from an awful mess into an advanced collective.

While respecting Tibetan carpets' history and culture, Tsering has actively explored new ways to develop the traditional handicraft and has made great contributions to the handicraft's weaving, dyeing, pattern-designing and other related skills.

With her efforts, the variety of the factory's design patterns has increased from just 20 types to more than 450 types, hitting a record high in sales and gaining a newly bolstered reputation within the carpet-making industry. The factory's supply fails to meet the demand, and its current orders already extend to the end of next year.

Nowadays, both the factory's total revenue and its workers' average income have been more than 20 times over those of 1992 and have contributed to the significant strengthening of Lhasa's economic and social development.

With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Tsering holds the view, "No innovation, no development." In recent years, she has attached importance to technical reform and introduced advanced domestic equipment, boosting the adjustment of the factory's production structure and improving its production efficiency and market competitiveness.

Meanwhile, Tsering has made great efforts to foster and develop talents within the company. She has not only invited weaving experts to conduct technical training in her factory but has also sent workers to learn designing and dyeing skills in other areas.

With Tsering's efforts, her factory and carpets have won many awards, which include the gold medal that her carpets won at the 5th Asia-Pacific International Exposition in 2009.

While developing her factory, Tsering has also assisted other Tibetan carpet factories by providing technical guidance and contracting out a portion of her orders to them, helping them overcome their own difficulties while also helping to preserve the Tibetan carpet industry as a whole.

In addition, Tsering often takes part in social-welfare activities to assume more social responsibilities. These activities range from donating money and materials to people in disaster-hit regions to sponsoring students from poverty-stricken families.

With the upcoming International Women's Day, Tsering has been hailed as a National March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetter, an honor granted by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) to exemplary workers who have made extraordinary achievements.

(Women of China)

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