Help Us Build The First Cashmere Community Center In The High Himalayas
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
A view from the outskirts of Pangong village.
Linda Cortright and Konchok Stobgais on camera for the Cashmere Community Center video.