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Ladakhi women make it big with Pashmina sales at Dilli Haat exhibition

Last Updated on March 10, 2021 at 4:57 pm

Diksit Angmo, a 26-year-old postgraduate in MBA, is ecstatic as she recalls her sale figures from Pashmina shawls at Dilli Haat’s Ladakh stall. She says that she feels proud to be in Delhi as a trader from Ladakh UT.

She believes that we should boycott Chinese products and rather buy warm woollens and Ladakhi products like Pashmina. She is happy that she has sold five to six shawls, each costing Rs 35,000 in a time period of just three days.

Angmo is one of few female artists from Ladakh. Some of these have postgraduate degrees in economics, statistics, science and literature and belong to villages near LAC and Aryan Dard tribe. The ministry of textiles has assigned 40 stalls to Jammu and Kashmir UT and Ladakh UT each in the national capital. This government initiative is helping people become aware of Aryan Dard tribe of Ladakh.

Tsering Dolker says that they came to Delhi as outsiders but now today are building assets here. There feel an essence of oneness. Tsering is presenting ornaments known as Choto ( worn along with braids), Kabhu (necklace) and Gangsiram (chest jewellery). Many villages in Ladakh like Garkon, Dha, Hanu, Seeri, Darchik are home to around 4,000 members of Dard Aryan tribe.

The Ladakh UT administration has also announced that it will take help of a NIFT team to improve Pashmina research in Leh. Saugat Biswas, Ladakh divisional commissioner, said that they are making every possible effort to assist trade and commerce activity in Ladakh including Leh and Kargil and to better understand the culture beyond tourism. They are hoping that people will understand more about hospitality and vibrance of Ladakh.

People like Kharga and Shahar Banoo belonging to remote areas of Batalik and Kargil are also participating in this initiative.

Officials who work in textile ministry said that their main intention behind conducting this two-week event dedicated to Ladakh was to make sure that their products reach audiences of metropolitans. Shantmanu, divisional commissioner, Handicrafts, Textiles ministry that they are planning to frequently hold such events for Ladakh in future. They are spending about Rs 15,000 for every stall to support the artists and craftsmen of Ladakh.