The Beauty of Intangible Cultural Heritage - Bangdian Exclusive | Seeking the Profound Moon and Rainbow

The Beauty of Intangible Cultural Heritage - Bangdian Exclusive | Seeking the Profound Moon and Rainbow

The rainbow is a dream of the clouds, and the Bangdian are the poetry of humankind.


The Tibetan people carefully weave the gentleness of the snowy plateau into the rainbow at their waists.

These rainbows act as mirrors for all living things on the archipelago, restoring the poetic essence of the earth.


The ultramarine chases the sun, moon, and stars atop the mountains, while the golden hues dive into the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

The vasong green is sculpted by the mountains, rivers, and forests, while the rosy blush of peach blossoms graces the cheeks of the Tibetan people.


The Tibetan people do not pluck the rainbow, they wish for it to forever hang high in the sky.

They know that staying somewhat unfamiliar allows for numerous romantic imaginations to thrive as ideals.


The mountains connect with the city.

The solitude and silence contrast with the hustle and bustle of prosperity.

We stand before the Potala Palace.

Also amidst the mountains.


During the perfect afternoon sunlight.

The sunlight spills onto the stone pillars of Barkhor Street.

The surrounding tourists are in constant streams.

The Tibetan grandma sits quietly in a row, serene and calm.


Surrounded by rainbows woven from wool.

As if wrapping people in tranquil gentleness.

The forever captivating sight is always

the regular visitor, Bangdian.


Bangdian stitches together a delightful hue.

It seems to slow down time.

Blending memories with the forests, skies, and lakes of Shannan.


In every bowl of porridge and every meal.

Among every flower and blade of grass.

Beauty thrives here.


The most beautiful is simply natural.

Once thought to be decorated with artistic ornaments.

To turn art into scenery.

But eventually found

Taken from nature.

Everything on one's body is a work of art.


Aesthetic of the Tibetan plateau.

Like colors in water.

Stretching along the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

Blossoming upon encountering water.


The aesthetic intensity of this land is exceptionally high.

Art exists not only between artists and nobility.

It originates more from the most mundane and vivid aspects of life.

Embedded within refined works of art.

More permeates the residents of the Tibetan plateau.

In the ordinary days of sunrise and sunset.


The Bangdian

A thin piece of felt.

Yet it contains the warmth of skill and craftsmanship.

Similar to a pair of sneakers.

I want to integrate the intangible cultural heritage and beauty of Bangdian

Together, placed within the sneakers.


The Bangdian

The ingenuity behind every thread and stitch.


In Chapter 110 of "Dream of the Red Chamber," it is mentioned that during the confiscation of Ningguo Mansion, thirty rolls of pulu were found among the belongings. According to the measurement method used in the southern region of Tibet, this roughly equates to six hundred meters. This indicates that during the early Qing Dynasty, pulu was not only reserved for the emperor's treasury but also possessed by the nobility and aristocrats. It wasn't until I arrived in Lhasa that I realized "Bangdian" referred to here. I believe the author of the book, who experienced a prosperous youth, must have been accustomed to seeing exquisite things, and thus, must have had an in-depth understanding of fabrics.


"However, nowadays

 I'm afraid many Tibetan people don't have much memory of Bangdian."


When we arrived at the home of Gari and his daughter Danzeng Zhuoga, representatives of the national-level intangible cultural heritage of Tibetan Bangdian and carpet weaving techniques, we discovered the marvelous complexity of the Bangdian loom. Every magnificent rainbow seemed to emerge right before our eyes. Behind this beauty lay raw diligence. Weaving is an endlessly repetitive task, with the loom consisting of four rotating wheels and four sets of yarns. The foot pedals need to move in opposite directions, alternating between left and right. In ancient times, there was a saying that when novices learned to weave, one foot wore pulu boots, and the other foot wore leather boots. The experienced craftsmen would shout instructions to lift the pulu boot or lift the leather boot, enabling the shuttle to move smoothly back and forth.


Each step follows a set of rules, with countless hours of refinement. It is the accumulation of these meticulous steps that weave together each piece of Bangdian.

The weaving process is intricate and time-consuming, requiring patience and meticulous craftsmanship. The townsfolk clean the pre-cut wool and workers spin it into yarn. Before spinning, the wool must be thoroughly combed with a brush to ensure smoothness.

The initial raw material is high-quality wool, which undergoes processes like carding, spinning, machine weaving, pattern weaving, coloring, repeated dyeing, rubbing, and drying. After cutting and sewing, three long strips of pulu are sewn together to form a piece of Bangdian. The final process of singeing the wool gives it a dense and revitalized appearance, as if imbued with new life.

Most of the Bangdian workers in Jedeshow Town don't rely on rulers. Instead, they trim a flexible ruler to the required width for each weaving session and provide it to the workers as a reference for width.

For the craftsmen, the weaving process of Bangdian becomes their own journey of warp and weft. PandaPrank wishes to preserve not only the beauty of Bangdian but also the memories of generations of Bangdian craftsmen.


Seeking the Profound Moon and Rainbow-Seeing it, you'll be reminded of a mountain range, or perhaps a rainbow.


The original shoes selected are Louis Vuitton's Trainer, representing the luxury brand with over a century of history. With its rich legendary colors and elegant designs, LV inherits the priceless treasure of Chinese traditional intangible cultural heritage. The collision and fusion of Eastern and Western cultures encourage more young people to cherish and participate in preservation and inheritance.


The shoe tongue features PandaPrank's iconic bamboo pattern, crafted from naturally dyed ink bamboo. The bamboo pattern is intricately woven, with varying depths and shades, reminiscent of bamboo swaying in the evening breeze or moonlight shining through the bamboo leaves at night. On both sides, the Bangdian craftsmanship from Jedeshow Town in Shannan, Tibet is employed. Without elaborate flowers and grass, one can still feel the mysterious natural aura. It embodies the inclusiveness and richness of the mountains, the rain under a clear sky, and the beauty of sunset clouds and rainbows against the mountain backdrop.


The heels conceal Himalayan white crystals, unique energy stones of Tibet, resembling highland jasmine. Like a breath at the top wheel of the world, they exude an aura. Above, they are hazy like snowflakes, below, they gleam like clear skies.

The slender shoelaces are replaced with thick traditional braided knots, adorned with Oriental sacred jade—turquoise. "Coral for the morning sun, turquoise for the evening moon" - resembling pine cones, their color close to pine green, they were decorations used by Qing Dynasty emperors in moon ceremonies.

By employing classic deconstructive thinking, achieving craftsmanship equal to that of LV, the sneakers resonate with contemporary street culture's diverse aesthetic. The rainbow in the sky is bright and warm. "Seeking the Profound Moon and Rainbow" doesn't concern itself with the complexity of craftsmanship; it only aims to present you with a moonbow amidst the intense night.


Behind traditional craftsmanship lie countless artisans, embodying the essence of this heritage.

And it is the day after day dedication of these craftsmen that inspire PandaPrank's creative process.

We hope

that more people will come to understand and pay attention to these almost forgotten traditional cultures. This would be the most meaningful thing for PandaPrank.