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Jeweled Finery - Ladakh Ceremonial Attire

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Ladakh, today a part of northern India, is an area that many people look to for both spiritual and fashion inspiration. Its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet with whom it shares a border. When it comes to the spiritual, Ladakh is an area where a large group of Tibetans reside since it was politically demarcated from Tibet in 1942. As a result, it is a center for the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and despite the political separation, the inhabitants have continued to look to Tibet for religious inspiration. Although austere philosophically, Tibetan Buddhism does support many rituals attendant to its spiritual practice, which leads to one striking aspect of Ladakhi fashion - the wearing of heavily ornamented headgear and costumes covered with turquoise, carnelian, mother-of-pearl, coral, and other semi-precious materials – costumes we call “Jeweled Finery.”...

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER