Image by nevil zaveri
small girl child in the handicraft village of lari, near tabo. on my visit to this craft centre, i found that it remains close during the summer months, but i was lucky enough to see the handlooms and few pieces of work, as shown by the caretaker tenzin.
lari craft centre
the craft centre was set up in lari village just 8km south of tabo in 1997, to give the local women an opportunity to weave and sell their unique style of shawl. the designs have been handed down from mother to daughter for many generations and the spiti projects is anxious to keep this tradition alive and to give the women a feeling of self-worth. it is cared for by tenzin who lives next door and will open up anytime, and you will be greeted with a cup of tea. you can look at the loom and spinning wheel entering the little shop.
the local government offers a type of mortgage system for acquiring a loom. a loom costs 52,000 rupees (approx £350 sterling). women make a small down payment and pay off the rest gradually. for those families who do not have sheep, the cost of the wool is subsidised by the government. most households have a loom in the kitchen where the mothers can weave shawls in between cooking the meals, feeding the baby and washing the clothes. during the summer the loom is dismantled and put away, as growing the crops in the short season available demands the full attention of all the family.
spiti projects have introduced spinning wheels to the valley. we hope in time to supply one to each village. they cost £200 each and so far we have managed to supply 9 villages. there are 18 villages in the valley. The women are delighted with this new technology because they can spin the amount of wool in half a day which would otherwise have taken them 3 days to do. the advantage of this method is a smoother wool thread and therefore a better standard of shawl.
Image by Sherif Salama
Just not his best day at Disneyland. He was scared to go on rides he’s gone on many times before and he didn’t mind much when we left early. He just wasn’t into it the way he usually is.
Apparently, the top semi-opaque photoshop layer of this image–the one with all the processing applied–was accidentally shifted a few pixels while I was working on it. The end result is that it looks sort of like a stereoscopic image when viewed large. Interesting effect, so I left it alone