Wax museum featuring Kamba Tibetan opens

The news was updated on May 9, 2019

A wax museum featuring Kamba Tibetan has opened in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The Kamba Museum was built in a renovated centuries-old house in traditional Kamba building style.

The Kamba branch of Tibetans has one of the three major Tibetan dialects. There are some 2.4 million Kamba-speaking people in Sichuan, Qinghai, Yunnan and Gansu provinces as well as Tibet Autonomous Region.

The Garze authorities have invited designers, photographers and wax statue makers from all over the world to help build 21 wax statues with features of the Kamba people’s faces and collected Tibetan medicine, wool knitting, milking items and kitchen wares for the exhibition of Kamba lifestyle and wedding customs in the wax museum.

Tuden, one of the local designers of the wax museum, said the construction of the wax museum is an effort to restore the life scenes of Kamba Tibetan. Young generations rarely see the many daily necessities from old times such as sheepskin jackets, Tibetan woolen knitwork and clothing.

“We even built dog kennels with cow dung in order to restore the original appearance of the Tibetan courtyard,” he said.