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Majic in Everyday Clothing
& Each Day A Thousand Years
COME TO LADAKH, a kingdom of embodied Practical Sensibility,
the majestic Himalayan high desert of two continents colliding,
a place of extremes, edge-
AN epitomy destination* for this certified Design Professional Course (DPC),
Design Lecture & Hands-
DAILY interactive, thinktank-
3) green building
5) earth oven construction
6) human world navigation
7) tools & skills training…. AND
WHAT IS LADAKH?
LADAKH is the ideal place to learn earth-
WHEN I first landed at Leh Airport some years ago, I knew I had been there a thousand years. Not like I felt this, I knew this. The knowledge accompanies you, rolls out with your luggage, gets in the same taxi, arrives at your guesthouse.
THIS, a primordial familiarity, ancient memory, or just the full landing of beingness?
LADAKH is an ancient kingdom. It is also a district in the Jammu & Kashmir state of India. It is the northernmost point of the divine subcontinent, where no one knows its nether-
SHE is colliding with Asia-
SHE is a place of extremes. Extreme sunshine in summer, extreme cold in winter, extreme altitude, extreme dry-
* WHY AN EPITOMY DESTINATION?
LADAKHIS have been living simply & sensibly for thousands of years, growing and using the materials found in their own environment, and basing their activities on what is possible and what works, a way of simplife not based on some philosophy, regime or religion, but designed to assure their very survival-
OVER time, survival became thrival, and today Ladakh flourishes, yet retains a keen respect and utilization of her rural resources. This high-
WHAT results is one ongoing, massive human permaculture experiment over an entire region-
WHAT’S TO SEE
INSTEAD of plastering photos all over to scramble your reading experience, we packed them into a slideshow of typically breath-
WHAT becomes apparent, is how this simpl perch of grandesse, tucked high amongst the range clusters of western himalaya in the clear-
THE UTTER SIMPLICITY OF PLACE.
RURAL life still flows through channels set up by ancients, and only punctuated by occasional modernist objects. The pace is calm, slow, ever ongoing-
MONEY is used of course, and yes greed does exist, but wealth is practiced and maintained in a person’s hands, strong back and utter perserverance.
ALL of this, built on a foundation of survival. Failure-
SO UTTERLY LARGE-
WITH towering peaks lining the vast flowing Indus, Nubra and Zanskar rivers, sweeping desert plains utterly shreft of visible biology and massive vertical faces of multicoloured minerals-
IN Ladakh’s north, the Karakoram Range is utterly high and utterly cold, a culture of skyscrapers, with 100 peaks over 7,000 meter height-
UTTER dryness and clearness of air spells utterly-
ALTHOUGH a curious and new weather phenomena has cropped up in the last couple of decades, called rain-
THE DOCTORATE OF EDGE*
ONE LEARNS about the curious and rich vitality of edge-
HERE is the colliding edge of two continental shelves, of jagged-
HERE is the southern edge of communist Asia and the northern edge of Asian Islam-
EDGED on all sides geopolitically by sharp cultural contrasts, Ladakh defies all the usual and expected neighboring categories, and is singularly itself. For sometimes Ladakh is referred to as ‘Indian Tibet’, though is not quite India, yet it is not Tibet either.
A French anthropologist in Ladakh once suggested (to me), “if India is the land of cultural diversity and contrasts and contradictions, perhaps Ladakh is the wound of that”.
A SimPL COLLABORATION.
LADAKH has adapted over the thousands of seasons and centuries by channeling her ancient life-
SimPL has collaborated here farm and seedwise, helping to re-
THIS common boxy fortress-
IN the West, these would be called mansions.
* this passage excerpted from “Ladakhi Organic Farming” by im, working title of an effort to record local farming practices.
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