Cili Nongbu (left) is one of the last xianzi makers. Photo: Goldthread
Cili Nongbu (left) is one of the last xianzi makers. Photo: Goldthread
Tibet

Xianzi: the dying art of making Tibetan fiddles by hand

  • The fiddle-like xianzi has been part of Tibetan folk culture for centuries. But the number of people who can make the traditional instrument is dwindling
  • One of the last xianzi makers in one village can spend hours in the woods looking for the right material

Cili Nongbu (left) is one of the last xianzi makers. Photo: Goldthread
Cili Nongbu (left) is one of the last xianzi makers. Photo: Goldthread
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