While on their way, the yak herders sleep out in the open, close to their animals. Blankets with a striped pattern offer minimal protection from the biting cold.
Photograph by Robert Dompnier
The lead yak of the caravan is ready to depart. His jewelry indicates that he is consecrated to one of the local mountain deities.
Photograph by Christian Schicklgruber
Butter; length 48 centimeters, diameter 23 centimeters; on loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde Wien
10 to 15 kilograms butter are sewn into pigskin for storage or for transport. This way, butter can be preserved for a very long time.
Basket, bamboo, leather, height 83 centimeters; diameter 50 centimeters; on loan from the National Museum Paro
In the house or in the mountains, baskets which one can carry, often serve as storage containers for grains.
Yak hair, dyed; length 48 centimeters, diameter 17 centimeters; on loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde Wien
Tufts of hair, dyed red, are woven into mane and tail of one of the animals of the herd, thus marking its consecration to the mountain deity.