Fulfilling a Promise

Jigmat with his grandmother, Shey Village, 1989

Jigmat with his wife Jigmat, Ladakh, 2016

Looking back on what I wrote as a teen and realizing I have followed my path is something very special to me. After I graduated from NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology), I worked with many major national and international brands before coming back to Ladakh with my wife in 2010 to set up our own fashion label, which I feel must be every designer’s dream. In our case, we are working towards the revival of Ladakhi textiles.

If one generation doesn’t practice the art then it’s lost. By the end of 2016 we hope to complete the Textile Resource Center, which we are building in our family home. It will be located in Skynos Gogsum, in the Old Town area and will be a textile hub and museum that explores the past, present and future of textiles—an in-house workshop of these indigenous practices that also provides room for discussion and experimentation with new weaving techniques, designs and the like, thus providing a more immersive experience for all those interested in textile production. It brings me great joy to know that after all of these years I have stayed true to my dream and my promise.

Jigmat Norbu

Ladakh, 2016

Essay “Ladakh” appears on page 24. Art appears on page 25.