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The nomadic lifestyle revolves around the animals and what they produce.

The wool we are gathering in Changthang from each person from the community is transported over the Taglang La, a pass of 5,300 meters is then washed, spun and woven by our team of settled nomads close to the city of Leh. We work with a group of women who have continued their craft despite the relocation and drastic change of lifestyle.

To them, the weaving, both process and product, is a unique manifestation of their culture. Traditional techniques are used, the weaving takes place outside in the dry mountainscape of Ladakh, the ladies chat amongst themselves, drinking butter tea and doing whatever needs to be done for the next loom, all this carrying nomadic culture into their new world.


A Visual Diary:
Founder Catherine shares her first trip to the Changthang Plateau in summer 2014 and how she met the people who are now a part of KAL's team. 

This is the story of our first journey to Changthang in June 2014 to meet the nomadic herders and learn about their lifestyle and habits. They keep yaks, goats and sheep and are people full of joy and life. Now, after the second visit in 2015, we are happy to say that these people are our partners in KAL - supplying the typical Changthang yak and sheep wool.