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Natural Wool from Two High Mountains_ A Fabric of Warmth

Updated on January 24, 2013

Along the Himalayas Nepal, Bhutan and India

Along the Himalayas Nepal, Bhutan and India, many ethnic voices have lived along the high mountains for centuries. Cashmere goat often is a means of economic survival for such tribals providing wool, milk and sometimes meat also.

But the wool for cashmere goats are weaved, sometimes by traditional cottage industry to provide economic livelihood for some tribal people as well as others in the small towns and villages along the Himalayas.

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Andes Mountain of Peru, and Neighbors

aMeans of Livelihood for Impoverished Mountain People

Across the ocean, in Peru and neighboring Bolivia, in fact a large percentage of the tribal populations are of Native American culture

This special project pre-proposal involves raising Llama, Alpaca/Cashmere Goats primarily for wool for mountain people in Peru and India.

Raising such ruminants is already a practice that can be strengthened via community based cooperative model for connecting such animals,tribals, with wool fibers to suitable market places.

Reforestation combined with animal husbandry - Survival of impoverished__For mountain people strengthens sustainabiity

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Expand reforestation to contribute to 'clean water' challenges on a community and region while adding economic value to family owned rural businesses that depend on forestry for livelihood is a 'twin' challenge in rural communities in the twin mountain regions of the Andes and Himalayas.

Cashmere Goats

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cashmere goat is any breed of goat that produces cashmere wool, the goat's fine soft downy winter undercoat, in commercial quality and quantity.

This undercoat grows as the day length shortens and is associated with an outer coat of coarse hair, which is present all the year and is called guard hair. Most common goat breeds, including dairy goats, grow this two coated fleece.

Nepal, Bhutan and India

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In India, and neighboring Nepal, ethnic voices of tribal's are far less in percentage.

But never the less strengthening their ability to survive through special projects as discussed below and strengthening forestry can benefit both such people who often live in isolated mountain areas is beneficial in more ways than one benefiting the tribal population as well as strengthening conservation that benefits everyone.

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Peru and Bolivia

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Across the ocean, in Peru and neighboring Bolivia, in fact a large percentage of the tribal populations are of Native American culture.

Auctions are held where the wool is sold to buyers such as textile mills and merchants who arranges to blend the wool for higher value to be sold at auctions at major centers in the world where buyers and sellers meet.

Andes Mountains

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For brevity, two key tribal are selected, one that has presence in both Peru and Bolivia is called and mostly live in the Andes Mountain regions.

Native American Tribal People of The Andes Mountains

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Bolivia in fact has approximately 55% Native American population in that country. Peru reports 45% to be Native American.

Strengthening Himalayas Forestry is a complmentary task

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In India, and neighboring Nepal, ethnic voices of tribal’s are far less in percentage but the task of strengthening their ability to survive through special projects as discussed below .

And strengthening forestry in compliment, can benefit both such people who often live in isolated mountain areas is beneficial in more ways than one benefiting the tribal population as well as strengthening conservation that benefits everyone.

Photo Gallery 02__High Mountain People

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Dhimal Tribal People . - Of Nepal and India

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According to the 2001 census in Nepal, Dhimal population was 19,537. In India, the 2001 census reports Dhimal as one of the smallest community in the country, totaling a number of approximately 981 people .

Dhimals continue to speak their native Dhimal language. In Nepal they live in 24 villages of Mechi zone in Jhapa District and 51 villages in Koshi zone, Morang District.2 In India, they reside in 16 villages, namely Naxalbari and Hatighisha in Darjeeling district, West Bengal.

Dhimal Women are Skilled Weavers

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Anthropological documents on the Indian Dhimal is yet to be received; some sporadic documents by amateurs and some field-based study by trained scholars in a part of Dhimal population may be available but all of them cover social-cultural-linguistics aspects only, and physical or demographic data on the entire population are literally absent.

Dhimal women are good at weaving and have their unique dress among the ethnic peoples of Nepal.

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Blending Sheep/Alpaca Wool with other fabrics - Can strengthen the small textile mills in India and Southern States in USAAs North Carolina with existing skills

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The most attractive element of the wool from Llama/Alpaca/Cashmere Goat is when blended with certain sheep wool, or another high value wool animal, the respective "blend fiber" can be an attractive "feedstock" for the wool handling textile mills located in India, Europe and USA.

Such a project is a win-win partnership that strengthens the cultures of the ethnic voices where the ruminants are already a means often under struggling conditions otherwise.

Natural Wool from Two HIgh Mountains

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      being a hand spinner and knitter, I love natural fibers and have always admired the native folks that make such beautiful garments and fabrics!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. ***Blessed by a SquidAngel***

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      SoundsOfBliss 5 years ago

      Nice lens. This brings back memories of time I spent in Nepal. The colors are so vibrant and in stark contrast to the harsh environment. Some of these photos make me want to travel to Peru and Bolivia too! Need to find a musical reason to go there. I'm sure that won't be hard.