Stone Pastures


Donagh Coleman


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Stone Pastures tells the story of a nomadic family living on the Himalayan plateau of Ladakh. In this high altitude cold desert, the nomads' way of life is fast disappearing as the modern world encroaches on the century old tradition of rearing Pashmina goats.

This struggle contains a paradox: Ladakh's gritty conditions give rise to the finest of materials, pashmina wool. Produced by the nomads' goats as a warm undercoat, this is the raw material for luxurious Kashmiri shawls, and the only source of income for the struggling nomads. But can the trade continue?