Empowering semi-nomadic women in the High Himalayas

Our first order of handspun and handknit cashmere neck warmers are here. We are over the moon. They are spectacular!

A very special opportunity to see His Holiness The Dalai Lama

It is with great thanks to Konchok Stobgais, the Pangong Craft Center’s co-founder, that the women of the center now have an unprecedented opportunity to receive a private blessing from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Having reduced his travel schedule, the Dalai Lama no longer offers public appearances but continues to grant a few, special meetings. It is next to imposible to appreciate the import of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both Stobgais, and the women of the center.  As Stobgais said, “I can ask for nothing more important for the women, and the center, than the blessings of His Holiness.”

 

We will need to raise $6,000 to cover the cost of taking approximately sixty women by bus to Dharamsala, India, including meals and accommodations.

   

Thank you ... Thank you!

Pangong Craft Center

Phobrang Village, Leh-Ladakh, India

In August 2015, the Pangong Craft Center officially opened its doors in Phobrang village (altitude 14,650feet), providing a warm, well-lit space for nearly 60 semi-nomdic women to spin and weave cashmere from the goats they lovingly raise. 

In four short years, the center has grown to more than 131 members, producing beautiful handspun yarn and other cashmere items. The women are so very grateful for the opportunity to earn extra income, and a communal space where they can socialize and bring their children.

The Pangong Craft Center is operated by Keep the Fleece (501c3). All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged in writing. It is easy to donate using your credit card or Paypal. (Many people have monthly donations automatically set-up with Paypal) If you would like to send a check, please make it out to Cashmere Craft Center and mail to Wild Fibers Magazine, PO Box 1752, Rockland, ME  04841. 

If you should have any questions, please contact us directly: 207-594-9455.

"Perfectly Twisted"

Directed by Stanzin Dorjai-Gya

Through personal interviews and sweeping vistas of the High Himalayas, the award-winning director Stanzin Dorjai-Gya captures the true essence of the center and the role it plays in changing the members' lives.

"The Shepherdess of the Glaciers"

Directed by Stanzin Dorjai-Gya

Winner of more than 20 international awards, including Grand Prize at Banff International Film Festival, The Shepherdess of the Glaciers is both spellbinding and evocative. Filmed over four years, Stanzin Dorjai follows his sister, one of the last shepherdesses in the High Himalayas as she struggles to keep both herself and her flock safe from predators. Her sole companion is a transistor radio.