In this region called LADAKH or aka ‘Little Tibet’ north Kashmir when farmers make good money, they purchase turquois stones and other beads to sew them to the elaborate hats worn my ladies of the house. These hats can extend down behind the back all the way to the lower backs, full of turquois and other semi precious stones. In case of need or emergency, some stones are sold…these hats therefore look beautiful and also serve the purpose of a Walking Bank! The hats are worn usually during festivals or special ceremonies in the monasteries.

In this region called LADAKH or aka ‘Little Tibet’ north Kashmir when farmers make good money, they purchase turquois stones and other beads to sew them to the elaborate hats worn my ladies of the house. These hats can extend down behind the back all the way to the lower backs, full of turquois and other semi precious stones. In case of need or emergency, some stones are sold…these hats therefore look beautiful and also serve the purpose of a Walking Bank! The hats are worn usually during festivals or special ceremonies in the monasteries.