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Carpet Weaving In Ladakh And The Influence Of Sonam Paljor

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This paper discusses carpet weaving in Ladakh and the importance of Sonam Paljor?s role in the development of this craft. Lying at the crossroads of high Asia, Ladakh was situated squarely between some of the great mercantile towns of south and central Asia. From the sixteenth century and definitely during the seventeenth century when the first trade treaties were signed, Ladakh was established as a key staging post on Central and South Asian trade routes. The Moravian Missionaries who came to Ladakh at the end of the nineteenth century from England and Germany had a significant influence on the development of textiles there. Although nomadic women in Ladakh continue to weave rugs on the backstrap loom, the legacy of Sonam Paljor has not endured.

Keywords: carpet weaving; Ladakh; Moravian Missionaries; nomadic women; rugs; Sonam Paljor

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