Help Us Build The First Cash­mere Com­mu­nity Cen­ter In The High Hi­malayas

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Pan­gong vil­lage is unique not only be­cause of its vast beauty but its ex­cep­tion­ally re­mote lo­ca­tion in Ladakh, In­dia. The 80 semi-no­madic fam­i­lies in Pan­gong lead a sub­sis­tence lifestyle based on their herd of cash­mere goats, sheep, horses, and yaks.

The Cash­mere Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at Pan­gong has been de­signed by an award-win­ning French en­gi­neer us­ing rammed earth Trombe walls (pas­sive so­lar con­struc­tion max­i­miz­ing heat from the di­rec­tion of the win­ter sun.) The cen­ter will have seat­ing ca­pac­ity for 60 peo­ple, sep­a­rate kitchen and dye rooms, two bath­rooms, stor­age room, and a chil­dren’s play­room.

The cen­ter will en­able Pan­gong’s no­madic women to work year-round on cash­mere pro­duc­tion. It will also pro­vide a fa­cil­ity where they can re­ceive fur­ther train­ing and ac­com­mo­date up to six floor looms.

Mr. Tser­ing Anchuk, pres­i­dent of Pan­gong vil­lage will over­see the cen­ter’s con­struc­tion The cost of the Cash­mere Com­mu­nity Cen­ter is $45,000 us­ing lo­cal builders and ma­te­ri­als.

Pan­gong na­tive Kon­chok Sto­b­gais and Wild Fibers ed­i­tor Linda Cor­tright in­vite you to be part of this in­au­gu­ral project in the high Hi­malayas and greatly ap­pre­ci­ate what­ever type of sup­port you can of­fer.

To see a short doc­u­men­tary on the Cash­mere Com­mu­nity Cen­ter project, please visit the Wild Fibers web­site: www.wild­fibers­magazine.com

Thank you.

A view from the out­skirts of Pan­gong vil­lage.

Linda Cor­tright and Kon­chok Sto­b­gais on cam­era for the Cash­mere Com­mu­nity Cen­ter video.

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