LEH: Heritage Home Chilling in collaboration with ‘Youth Association for Conservation and Development of Hemis High Altitude National Park’ organised a traditional metal craft exhibition at Heritage Home, Chilling village showcasing ancestral knowledge of Chilling village, passed on from generation to generation.
This rare metal craft exhibition, inaugurated by Councillor Skyu-Markha, Sonam Norbu, is expected to remain open for visitors till the September 17. Founder Leh Nutrition Project (LNP) Sir Robert and many other guests were present on the inaugural ceremony.
The first ever exhibition of this kind was arranged to showcase the indigenous knowledge of the villagers who are believed to be offspring of artists from Nepal who were brought to Leh in the middle of 17th century to build the statue of Buddha at Shey.
The descendants of those artists said to have carried their hereditary trade and ancestral knowledge to this day.
Society President Tsewang Tamchos, who conceptualized the exhibition, said the purpose of it is to preserve and promote metal craft skills of Ladakh for which Chilling village is known from centuries. “After my studies I decided to dedicate my whole life to keep our ancestral knowledge and skills alive to pass them on to future generations,” Tamchos said while expressing his interest in involving more and more youth and promote the art beyond Ladakh.
Tsering Jigmet informed that artisans of Chilling village produce a number of articles using copper, silver, brass and even gold.
Sir Robert, who has been visiting Ladakh for the last 40 years now, expressed his happiness over the revival of metal craft.
The Heritage Home also houses a museum displaying many artifacts and historical documents.
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