The House For Nomads Tapestries: A Tale of Three Continents

Posted By Vilija on January 6, 2011

A Morning With Michael F. Rohde at the Diablo Weavers Guild Meeting. January 21, 2011, 11AM

In the summer of 2006, Michael Rohde spent a month traveling in the remote grasslands of eastern Tibet. The visit took him among nomadic yak herders, seldom visited villages and active monasteries. The trip was timed to allow visits to several festivals:  a huge gathering of nomads, a village shaman leading celebrations of the coming harvest and their mountain gods, as well as a horse festival in Litang.

It was a special time, as things are changing. Roads are being built where there were none before, the Chinese are fencing the yak gazing pastures, as well as building houses to settle the nomads.

Based on this experience, Michael created a body of more than twenty-two tapestries, which were recently exhibited at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania. He will give a presentation with images of the inspirations for the tapestries, pictures of the tapestries and the museum exhibition, and a subsequent exhibition in California.

This meeting will not be in our usual Library meeting spot [the Thurman Casey Library in Walnut Creek], but at a private clubhouse not far from the  library. Please view our web site at: for directions to the club house. Our meeting begins at 10 AM, but the speaker will not begin till 11 AM.