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Mar 9th, 2009 at 3:54pm
 
i was wondering if anyone who has one of these slings could tell me more about them, are they more decorative than functional?
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Reply #1 - Mar 9th, 2009 at 4:24pm
 
I have one, they are very nice and well worth the money.
But I still have yet to actually sling with it so I cannot comment on how they sling.
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Reply #2 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 12:31am
 
Our slings are made in the same way that the Tibetans would make them (functional), as if they are going to use them to herd their yak and sheep.  I am not very good at it myself, but my son of 12yrs old is quite good at it.  My local Tibetan nomad friends can also make a loud snapping noise with them  (when they flick the sling very quickly up and down) , which is also mend to get the attention of the yak and sheep.  One of the thing I could try to do next is to video them when they use it (including the above mentioned snapping sound) and post it somewhere on the forum.  This will take a bit of time, because I will not go to the nomad areas in the next few weeks.

This forum is great, because I can here also understand more about slings from other areas. 

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Reply #3 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 1:02am
 
I purchased one of these slings last week and as soon as it gets to me I will put it through some tests and get some video posted.  Even if it does not perform well I will still feel like a I got a good deal (only $6 total, they covered shipping).  I have spent alot of time studying how the tibetans spin wool on a drop spindal and without Amdocraft I would not know  how to get my hands on one of these for my collection.
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Reply #4 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 2:21am
 
Any video you can get of Tibetans slinging, herding and just generally using their slings would be fantastic!
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Reply #5 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 2:42am
 
I should als put up this note on this topic.  See as follows:

As I have said before AmdoCraft exists already for a number of years, but our webshop is new.  Like many things in China, it is difficult to guess who things turn out.  I am referring now especially to prices. We as AmdoCraft are still committed to support the Tibetan Nomads as much as we can and to price our products as reasonable as we can.  The only thing that we cannot influence at all is the price for shipping, paypal charges and other handling fees.  I have now discovered that we have to change the pricing. So I will need to charge an extra 6 US dollar handling charge per order  (not per item).  I will put this in effect from the 13th of March, so I like to give you a change to order some before the 13th if you want to.

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Reply #6 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 6:07am
 
justgeorge wrote on Mar 10th, 2009 at 1:02am:
I purchased one of these slings last week and as soon as it gets to me I will put it through some tests and get some video posted.  Even if it does not perform well I will still feel like a I got a good deal (only $6 total, they covered shipping).  I have spent alot of time studying how the tibetans spin wool on a drop spindal and without Amdocraft I would not know  how to get my hands on one of these for my collection.


I posted two video clips on the amdocraft facebook page, called Tibetan Handicrafts.  In one of them you can see a Tibetan lady spinning the wool.  This page has more pictures as well.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tibetan-Handicrafts/50206883698
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Reply #7 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 7:06am
 
AmdoCraft wrote on Mar 10th, 2009 at 12:31am:
Our slings are made in the same way that the Tibetans would make them (functional), as if they are going to use them to herd their yak and sheep. 
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This forum is great, because I can here also understand more about slings from other areas. 

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Klaas,

It's great to have someone who is closer to an active herding society than most of us here will ever get.

One of the aspects I find fascinating is that the technique of braiding these slings is apparently very similar to that used in South America, down to the way in which the maker holds the strands. Have you seen any of these being made? How long does it typically take for someone to make one of these slings?
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Reply #8 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 7:27am
 

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One of the aspects I find fascinating is that the technique of braiding these slings is apparently very similar to that used in South America, down to the way in which the maker holds the strands.


Its not similar - its the same. The manner in which the braider holds the strands is largely individual preference but the braiding technique is the same. Adele Cahlander mentions this in her book: Sling Braiding of the Andes - which I can highly recomend as being a worthwhile read.

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Reply #9 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 9:56am
 
I have ordered some slings. I may be able to get some chucking on video Smiley
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Reply #10 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 10:10am
 
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Its not similar - its the same. The manner in which the braider holds the strands is largely individual preference but the braiding technique is the same. Adele Cahlander mentions this in her book: Sling Braiding of the Andes - which I can highly recomend as being a worthwhile read.

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Well - I know the references very well  Smiley

An interesting thing to ask is how strongly it points to a common ancient origin of the technique. I'm not sure if that has ever been addressed by the ethnographers. The method of braiding never apparently made it to Europe, yet is found in Tibet and South America.
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Reply #11 - Mar 10th, 2009 at 11:57pm
 
I just received two of the Tibetan slings, which I had ordered three weeks ago (they have to come all the way from China, so we have to be a little patient).  I was SO impressed.  These are definitely not toys.  They were extremely high quality, and each is very different from the other in terms of style of braiding.  They are also very long (mine are about 38" and 44" from center of pouch to end of finger loop).  If they're too long, of course, one can always wrap around the wrist to shorten them to individual preference.  I haven't used them yet but soon will.  They're almost too pretty to use.

I had the impression of taking a journey way back in time - a tradition that must be truly ancient.  They also smell like yak - especially if you get them wet.  Woo-eee, like standing in a barn!  I love it - almost like being there.  The slings are also supremely hairy (one of them, anyway).  Will attach some close ups.  

I ordered a bunch more - not sure what I'll do with them, but they are so reasonably priced and such a period piece - and fabulous just as folk art.  Plus, I have great compassion for the Tibetan people and know this is going to a very worthy cause.  Be sure to check out the pix and videos Klaas has posted at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tibetan-Handicrafts/50206883698  I hope Klaas will share a little more about his work with these people and how he comes to represent their crafts.

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Reply #12 - Mar 11th, 2009 at 11:52am
 
I couldn't resist that price plus the authenticity. I just ordered two of them.
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Reply #13 - Mar 11th, 2009 at 3:33pm
 
These slings look great, I have just tried to order a few, but the site takes me straight to Paypal and there doesn't seem to be a way to add the postage cost to the UK !

Does anyone know how much I should add for postage or is it included in the price ?

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Reply #14 - Mar 11th, 2009 at 3:45pm
 
Postage is included in the price.  If I understand what Klaas of Amdocraft recently posted, this will change on March 13 and $6 will be added per order (not per sling).
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