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Ladakh


 

 

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 a group of settled nomads close to the city of Leh. In this settlement 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.