The Pashmina wool sheared from goats in the high plateau region of Southeastern Ladakh has, for centuries, been shipped out to Kashmir, where artisans have fashioned luxurious cashmere sweaters and shawls. Almost all of the profits from this trade have been in the hands of the shippers, merchants, and weavers—everyone other than the Ladakhi themselves. […]

The thousand year old pastoral economy and social system of the remote Hanle Valley, in the extreme southeastern border region of Ladakh, is starting to change. The Hanle Valley is located about 270 km (167 miles) southeast of Leh in an area called the “Changthang,” an extremely high plateau that stretches from the border region […]