Léa DECAMPS-LAFUGIE

(1890-1972)

French explorer and painter, graduated from the Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

In 1925, she travelled to Asia in Burma, stayed in Tibet for 8 months, and then India and Japan. Lafugie then lived in Malaysia where her husband owned a plantation. During the Second World War, she was a prisoner of the Japanese. She also made another three trips to Tibet. A writer as well as a painter, she published several articles in the National Geographic and wrote three books about her trips to Asia.