First-ever craft exhibition in Leh

Leh: With an aim to promote and preserve the metal craft tradition of Ladakh, the first-ever metal craft exhibition was held in Chilling village here.

The maiden exhibition, organised by the Youth Association for Conservation and Development Hemis High Altitude National Park, in collaboration with Heritage Home Chilling, showcased the indigenous craft to the visitors.

“I started this with the purpose of promoting and preservation of the metal craft of Ladakh. This village is famous for metal craft in Ladakh. In future, I want to promote metal craft and involve young generations in this village to continue this craft so that this identity will remain alive,” Founder of Heritage Home, Tsewang Tamchos, told ANI.

Chilling is known for its metal craftwork, which began decades ago. However, the skill has not been imbibed by the youth in the region.

The exhibition, therefore, aims to dissolve the reluctance of the youth towards this age-old craft.

“Chilling village is famous for metal craft work, however, youth are reluctant to learn this skill. This exhibition will attract more visitors, thus encouraging the youth,” said Councillor Sonam Nurboo.

The exhibition of this 400-year-old craft will remain open for the next two months. (ANI)