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HANDMADE IN INDIA's HIGH HIMALAYAS - EXPANDING AN ANCIENT TRADITION.
The Pangong Craft Center is the only cashmere craft center in the High Himalayas dedicated to supporting a semi-nomadic community of 120 families, living at 14,500'. Beginning with just five spinners a few years back, the center now employs nearly eighty women in the art of spinning and weaving cashmere as an alternative to working on a road crew.
When the center officially opened its doors in 2015, the goal was to not only provide ongoing employment for the village women, but to also provide a facility where they could bring their children to play in a warm and safe environment.
From the beginning, Konchok Stobgais and Linda Cortright, co-founders of the center, (Stobgais is also a resident of Phrobang) wanted to create an economic opportunity for the women that would be compatible with their traditional lifestyle, allowing them time to still work in the fields, tend to their animals, and raise their families.
The focus is on bringing a high quality product to the market, while supporting a deeply threatened way of life.