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The Art of Weaving in Lahaul’s
Upper Valleys 

By Rinchen Angmo & Chhering Gajji

In the higher Himalayan region, weaving is an ancient craft and forms an integral part of people’s lives. In Lahaul, weaving signifies a retreat into slower, simpler times amid icy cold weather when the farming works are at its lowest. There’s a saying in local folklore attributing weaving as visual art that reflects stories about people, their communities, and their place in the universe.


The Sheep of Himalaya -
a Homegrown Woolen Enterprise

By Anuradha Miyan 

Handloom and handicraft are an age-old tradition in Kinnaur (H.P) and have their roots in the ancient trade routes. The intricate designs and colorful patterns differentiate Kinnauri handcrafted shawls- making them a much-coveted textile product in India. However, the bulk of its history, symbolism, and contemporary relevance remains obscure. 

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Changthang -
An Oasis of Himalayan Fiber 

By Padma Dolker 

Nestled amid the lofty Trans-himalayan mountains, Changthang is a unique terrain where climate and topography play a crucial role in the sustenance of local communities. The region consists of wide wetlands and giant mountains which offer indispensable ecosystem services and safeguard our water and food security. 

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Spiti’s Handwoven Traditional Clothes  
By Dolma Zangmo, Cheering Zangmo & Tanzin Ankit

Clothes and identity are closely related: traditional clothes of a region reveal a lot about its geography, physical environment, climatic conditions, and cultural practices. The high altitude and cold weather conditions in Spiti have led to distinct clothing attributes of its people. Since most of the families are agro-pastoralists, the livestock people breed gives different kinds of wool like yak wool, sheep wool, and goat and that forms the natural source for most of the attire worn by the people.

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Tepang - the Pride of Kinnaur
By Tanzin Palkit Negi

One of the defining features of people living in Kinnaur is their vibrant traditional dress and the unmistakable headwear Kinnauri Topi which forms an integral part of the whole attire. The headwear is colloquially called “Tepang” or “Khunnu Tiwi” and is different from the Himachali Topis of Shimla, Kangra, Kullu, and Chamba. The design variations and the aesthetics of this headwear represent different parts of Himachal where it is worn.

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