TBC - Spiti Valley, The Himalayas
Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-east of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. During the winter months the snow falls and the communities are cut off from one another. So the women of Spiti meet on the roof of their houses when the sun is warm in the middle of the day. They knit, spin and catch up on the gossip while the toddlers play around them. The women were taught to knit socks with heals by missionaries who were present in the area. The women created their own twist by adding elaborate geometrical colour patterns on socks. Still to this day the patterns are not written down and simply passed down from mother to daughter.
Secret Projects has a collaboration with Spiti Projects, a charity committed to environmental and conservation issues and to helping improve the health, hygiene and general wellbeing of the people of the Spiti Valley. We are currently in the process of developing an exciting itinerary to visit Spiti Projects and explore the artisanal traditions of this stunning region.
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