A Pair of Yak Wool Trousers from Ladakh: Nambu Tigma
mid twentieth century
waist to hem: 32", 81 cm
waist, side to side as shown: 20 1/2", 52 cm
This absolutely beautiful pair of hand stitched trousers is from Ladakh. The cloth is spun from yak wool and the beautiful repeat tie-dye repeat pattern is a traditional Himalayan one referred to as nambu tigma. The yak wool is heavyweight and very soft and supple in the hand--it feels wonderful.
The pair of pants is made of several panels that are hand stitched together using heavy thread.
As can be easily noticed, the central gusset has become frayed and undone. On the inside of both of the legs are inset panels of brightly colored striped wool of two different types: one is striped, the other is striped with tigma shapes woven into it.
The condition of the cloth is good for its age and the color is still dense, strong and saturated.
A wonderful, beautiful pair of hand made trousers from a magical place.