Our products are made by Ladakhi artisans using local natural materials, primarily wools from yak, sheep and pashmina goats. We buy raw materials from various local sources and provide them to women across Ladakh for making Ladakhi wool clothing, animal dolls and some of our jewelry and accessories.
Natural dyes are used whenever possible. Among our sources for dyes are walnut bark, rhubarb root, nettle, indigo, rattan jute, onion, carrot leaves, wild rose and various local grasses.
Our pashmina wool comes from Changthang, a very cold and barren region of Ladakh mostly inhabited by nomadic peoples. Pashmina fleece comes from the soft undercoat of the cashmere goat and is famous for its lightness, softness and warmth. Pashmina goats live at an elevation of about 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in the mountains of Ladakh, Tibet and Turkestan. High-quality Kashmiri shawls are woven from pashmina from Ladakh, and it has become increasingly difficult (and expensive) to obtain this wool.