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Making the Wimbi Cuff

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The Wimbi Cuff is part of Kaligarh X KLA, a collaboration with designer Krystle Lana Amoo. Find her @krystle.amoo. Shop the collaboration here.  

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Rediscovering KTM

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My 3-week adventure with Kaligarh brought me back to the buzzing city of Kathmandu. I first visited the city on a family trekking holiday when I was seven years old, en route to Mustang. The opportunity to go back and see how metropolitan the city has become was amazing. I explored the old kingdom of […]

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Transporters

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  Nepal is a nation of transporters. In the treacherous Himalayas, Nepalis trek for more than 10 days just to trade salt for grain. In the southern plains, the sight of a daily load on heads is as common as any. In the hills, you will see women carry a doko on their backs, whether […]

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Pang Lhabsol Celebrations in Sikkim

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On August 29th the people of Sikkim celebrated the third and final day of Pang Lhabsol at the Tsuklakhang (Royal Chapel) in the capital, Gangtok.

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Marking Buddha’s Birth

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Though a pall hangs over this year’s celebrations following last week’s earthquake, devotees thronged Buddha Park this morning to offer flowers and receive blessings.

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The Mandala Monks of Diskit

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“All things shall pass.”

Buddha attained parinirvana by summarising his life’s teachings to his grieving disciples with these immortal words. The impermanence of the material world became the bedrock of Buddhism.

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Lifelines

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Set in Uttarakhand, northern India, this film gives an insight into Makar Singh’s daily life in the Indian Himalaya. Life is challenging in this terrain and modernisation is bringing about new changes in the mountain region, but Makar is optimistic about the future.

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Fading forms

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  After a long and tiring bus ride, we finally reached the Tharu village of Meghauli in the western part of Chitwan district, in Nepal’s hot, southern plains. I was working with a Belgian documentary photographer then.  We were there to take pictures of the colourful Holi festival but Holi was still a day away. In […]

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“If only he could see what I do…”

Behind the Scenes

“He just isn’t bothered to learn about what I do, he sits around waiting to hear he’s got a job in bidesh…”

Ramesh was lamenting his 20-year-old son’s lack of interest in his profession as we worked on new Kaligarh designs one afternoon in his workshop.

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