Living Fabric: Weaving Among the Nomads of Ladakh Himalaya
Weatherhill, 2002 - 192 páginas
This is the first study of the tradition of weaving among the nomadic pastoralists of Rupshu, in eastern Ladakh. Weaving touches all aspects of life in Rupshu, where both women and men weave, each on a different type of loom. Local narrative states that the craft of weaving was bestowed upon Rupshu by the gods, and thus all feats related to it have a close connection to the sublime.
This book documents and analyses the ways in which fibers, weaving, and textiles are symbolized, constructed, and experienced in Rupshu where themes such as gender, kinship, hierarchical and spatial relations find ready expression through the design and making of cloth. Through her work the author traces the relationship between livestock, weaving, social and symbolic structures in order to understand the multitude of contexts within which wool-oriented activities exist.
Richly illustrated, this book will appeal to those with an interest in textiles, nomads, gender studies, and the Himalaya.
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Abi Yangzom acrylic yarn Angchuk animals Asboe backstrap loom belt Bhutan black tent blankets bri-mo brocade btsan Buddhist campsite cape centimetres central and western centre Changpa Changthang colour comb Dolma fabric fibres fixed-heddle loom front beam garments goat hair goats Goba gods Gompa heddle rod herd Himachal Pradesh horses Jammu and Kashmir Kashmir kilograms Korzok Gompa lama length livestock lug-sgal monastery mother Namgyal Nawang nomads pashmina and wool pattern pile weaving Pitt Rivers Museum Plate prayer rear beam refers Rinchen robe rugs Rupshu Rupshupa saddle-bags shahtoosh shearing sheep and goats sheep wool sheep's eye side Skarma snam-bu Sonam spin spindle stick stitched strips sul-ma Tashi Zangmo textiles Tharchen Tibet Tibetan trade in pashmina Tsering Tso Kar Tsomoriri twisting usually wall warp threads washed wear weft western Ladakh white tent woman women weave woollen cloth woven yak hair yak wool