Tibet Sun Onlinenews, 3 August 2015
Estonian fashion designers have been receiving much acclaim around the world. Knitwear designs by Liisa Soolepp can now be seen worn by a former Miss Tibet: Tibetan beauty queen and professional model Tenzin Dolma.
Dolma, who won the title of Miss Tibet in 2007 in Dharamshala, India, and has since been working as an internationally-renowned model, modelled Liisa Soolepp’s long knitted coat in a photo recently published in India and Estonia.
Similar knitwear by Soolepp has also been worn by Estonian singer-songwriter and actress Lenna Kuurmaa.
“Estonia and Tibet share a similar fate and history. Both countries have been harassed by bigger neighbours,” Liisa Soolepp said.
“I am glad for the opportunity of creating a small cultural connection and bridging Estonian design to Tibetan beauty and exotics,” the fashion designer continued.
She believes that collaboration with Tenzin Dolma contributes to promoting Estonia in Asia, and hopes to invite the Tibetan model soon to Estonia to continue their cooperation.
In her creation Liisa Soolepp has focussed on unique, yet practical, knitwear. Geometric symbols are a characteristic of her creations, as well as the wish to create ageless design that grants the knitwear a long lifespan.
Estonian fashion designer Kätlin Kaljuvee has also started working with Tenzin Dolma, advertising her new collection – inspired by wolves – with the help of the Tibetan model.
Tibet is a country that has been occupied by the People’s Republic of China since 1950, located on the Tibetan Plateau – “the roof of the world” – and bordered by the Himalayas.
The spiritual leader of Tibetans and a symbol of peace in the world, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has visited Estonia three times.
In recent years the non-violent resistance movement of Tibetans has taken the tragic form of self-immolations. About 140 Tibetans have perished in flames until now, hoping to draw attention to the unbearable situation in Tibet under Chinese occupation.
An estimated six million Tibetans live in occupied Tibet, and roughly 150,000 Tibetans are in other parts of the world.