The Ethical Cashmere Blog — Kashmir

COVID19 in Kashmir & Nepal

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COVID19 in Kashmir & Nepal

But if Ethical Cashmere is to be authentic, I had to do what a Himalayan business person would. Would it help our weavers if I added something? And that was when he confessed that our weavers didn't have enough to buy food in lockdown. 

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Kashmir's Co-operative Communities of Women Weavers

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Kashmir's Co-operative Communities of Women Weavers

“It’s very nice…” Nuraini said, looking at the photo I had sent.

“Yea… it’s a beautiful place…!” I murmured quietly. It was a view of the Kashmiri Himalayas, mostly bare of snow, but with the tops still lathered with white. “Where the bridge is, this is Dursuma. This is just after Wayul-"

“Wayul? Is that like, a region? or village?”

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Finding a New Home in Nepal

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Finding a New Home in Nepal

During the 90s, the situation in Kashmir became worse, so my dad decided to move out because there were no tourists coming. So he didn't have any work as a guide. And a second thing, as a carpet weaver, he also didn't have a lot of work, because the situation was getting really bad in Kashmir at the time.

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The English Botanist and the Shikaras of Nigeen Lake

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The English Botanist and the Shikaras of Nigeen Lake

My dad was a trekking guide also, for like, 10-20 years? There used to be lots of tour groups. One of his best friends met him when he was a trekking guide. He was a freelance botanist. 

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Learning to Weave Carpets at 4 Years Old

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Learning to Weave Carpets at 4 Years Old

Yes, Dad was 4 years old, and he didn't learn it from his own father. He learned from one of my grandfather's friends. My grandfather said that 'If I taught him at home, he won't learn. But he would learn from outside, from other people.'

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