Weaving Among the Changpas of Changthang

Weaving is one of the major traditional craft skills of the Changpas practiced by both men and women. Changpa women working the traditional back strap looms outside their rebo are a common sight in summer when much of the weaving is done. Traditionally, textiles were woven for a range of purposes including the yak tent (rebo), saddle bags, tent wall covers, blankets and rugs.

A livelihoods initiative was launched in 2018 that celebrates the skills of weaving on the backstrap loom by nomadic women and the use of locally produced sheep wool from Changthang.

Wool is sourced from small herders in Changthang  and is handspun and handwoven on the traditional backstrap loom (sked-thag) by the team of nomadic women.  A range of products have been developed including bags and furnishings for a wider global audience.

Products can be purchased our office in Leh.