Lingchay is more of a shoulder wrap popular with the womenfolk of Spiti. Although coarse to feel, the colourful patterns make them desirable along with the added benefit of being a completely handwoven and handloom product.
Kinnauri Shawl embodies the five elements by the way of five bright colours that are its signature. White stands for water, yellow for earth, red for fire, green for air and blue for ether.
Dhan is a throw for your sofas and chairs. Made of wool, these long strips are soft and are made with traditional motifs and bright colours to liven up the indoor spaces during winters.
Similar to Dhan is Asan, a set cover kind of fabric but much smaller and marked by geometric patterns.
Galochas are handmade carpets. Adorned by the patterns of a dragon or a set of auspicious symbols as a central motif on a plain base, or repetitions of anyone auspicious symbol filling the centre with a traditional border is made of local sheep wool.
Chuktus are smaller carpets made from mountain goat wool which is coarser adorned by tribal motifs.
Pattoo and Patti were the traditional dresses for women and men for the longest time in the regions of Kullu, Manali. Kinnaur. Lahaul and Spiti.
But the crowning glory of it all is the Kullu caps with their bright designs. The cylindrical body or rim fits the head perfectly with a flat top giving it a rather stylish appeal for something as old and traditional. Dyed with vegetable dyes and colours these Kullu caps are a proud statement of sustainability.
Rakkh, an adventure resort in Himachal Pradesh has its own weaving station where locals help you try your hand at creating Kangri Shawls among other things. Along with being a fun activity, it is also very meditative and therapeutic. So why don’t you decide to go shopping for some local fashion and give it your own twist as is the trend these days? A stay at Rakkh brings along with it immersions into local artforms and more.