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An All-Women Start-Up In Ladakh Is Preserving Traditional Pashmina

Slow textile label Lena Ladakh carries forward the legacy of pashmina, weaving a narrative of tradition, empowerment, and sustainability. The enterprise was started by Sonam Angmo and Stanzin Minglak

Lena Ladakh weaves a narrative of tradition, empowerment, and sustainability Photo: @lena.ladakh/Instagram

In the annals of history, Ladakh stood as a vibrant crossroads of cultures and a testament to the enduring allure of the Silk Road. This storied land, nestled amidst the grandeur of Central Asia, China, India, and Kashmir, served as a crucial passage for traders on their transcontinental journeys. In that bygone era, Ladakh thrived as a flourishing cosmopolitan center. The constant ebb and flow of traders from near and far shaped its unique culture and traditions, an exquisite tapestry woven with influences from distant lands. Amidst this cultural mosaic, there was a treasure, a symbol of Ladakh's rich heritage, pashmina.