Spinning wool at Gobshi near Gyantse

Spinning wool at Gobshi near Gyantse

BMH.D.35.1 (Film negative)

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Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

July 7th 1927?


Gyantse Region > Gobshi >

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Image Dimensions

109 x 85

Two women spinning wool with spinning wheels for the local carpet industry in Gobshi, four miles from Gyantse. They wear the large, hooped head-dresses typical of this region of Tibet and a small child sits behind the woman on the left of the image [the courtyard and general scene in which the woman are seated can be seen in BMH.D.34.1]. Hopkinson visited Gobshi on a number of occasions [see Notes]. Gobshi was about 4 miles from Gyantse and was well known for its carpet industry, which Hopkinson was interested in photographing.

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet D']: 'Gobshi weaving' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: Hopkinson mentions visiting Gobshi twice in his journals. On the first occasion he went on March 20th and saw carpets being made and visited the Chapel [A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing March 20th 1927, Gyantse, page 10]. The second occasion is related as taking place on July 7th, when he accompanied a French traveller called Mlle Lafugie. As most of the images in the 'D' Album of negatives seem to have been taken in the second half of 1927, especially around July, this has been suggested as the most likely date for the taking of this image [MS 15/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Spinning wool at Gobshi near Gyantse" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.D.35.1.html>.

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