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Carpet Factory (Ditan Chang)

Hotan, China
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nathan l wrote a review Dec 2018
Zichron Yaakov, Israel883 contributions251 helpful votes
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we have visited two carpet factories during our tour, and it is seen that they are making efforts to maintain the fading old traditions, pity and it is worthwhile visiting before it disappears
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Date of experience: September 2018
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MarcelTraveller wrote a review Jul 2018
Voorschoten, The Netherlands1568 contributions298 helpful votes
We visited the carpet factory with two persons, as individual travellers, for about one hour. It was a part of a trip we made with a driver (for 300 yuan) with whom we had agreed to visit the Atlas Silk factory, the mazar of Imam Asim and this carpet factory. First of all it is good to know the correct location. It is not in the centre of Hotan. The factory is located east of the river, about 6 km, 15 minutes by car from our hotel (Westlake). The entrance is on National Road 217, about 200 meters south of the crossing with National Road 315 (at 36° 06’12.9” N 79°57’52.6” E) It is on the eastern side of the road. You’ll see a house of the guard and a barrier. The entrance was free. On the terrain of the factory are some buildings, but most were closed at the time of our visit. We visited only one building were we could see how carpets are made. A good way to see the traditional process from making threads until the weaving of the carpet. In this process we have seen that many women do a lot of hand- and footwork. There was no official guide who explained what we saw; our driver and the ladies who worked in this place, showed us how carpets are made. We (of course) could buy carpets after we had seen how they are made. Undoubtedly relatively expensive, but enough choice. Summarized, this craft workshop is an educational excursion and worthwhile for a short visit.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Michael N wrote a review Oct 2017
Newcastle, Australia424 contributions163 helpful votes
The skilled and painstaking work that goes into making a carpet is easily witnessed in this factory. For the amount of labor input the carpets are relatively inexpensive compared to the machine made product available in Australia. The carpets in the display room with images of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping are interesting to say the least!
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Swimmmer wrote a review Jul 2016
Bangkok, Thailand163 contributions21 helpful votes
The women, and some men sit on wooden benches and use a hook type knife. They hook a piece of yarn around and then when they do say 50, they will trim them. If you ever wondered why rugs cost so much, this is why. Each strand is hooked by hand, and then trimmed. I can't even imagine doing that all day, but they seemed happy to be able to sit and talk with their friends.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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JRusselSA wrote a review Jul 2012
Southampton, United Kingdom9 contributions6 helpful votes
It's just by the east bank of the river passing Hotan, there is a pulic tranport to this factory. You can see some female worker weaving carpet there. Beautiful and very stylish carpet, but they are expensive and mostly not for sell. It's good to just walk around the factory to know how the carpet is made. It is a small factory, so there is no need to arrange a long time to visit it.
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Date of experience: May 2012
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