Women of the mountains~ a few clicks from Alchi village and Khalsi Tehsil in Leh district, Ladakh. It was harvest season and a time I did revisit some of my favourite poets.
Ladakhi women wear a flowing robe called sulma usually paired with a loose blouse called tilin, a bright coloured sash or skeyrak is tied around the waist. The women, even the poorest, wear neck-pieces made of precious or semi precious stones everyday! Turquoise and corals dominate their accessories. Most of them were wearing dangling ear rings too. It was a fascinating sight to see that even the old women have long hair, made into two braids.
“Reaping and singing by herself; Stop here,or gently pass!”
(Wordsworth’s The Solitary Reaper )
“The thankful receiver bears the plentiful harvest” (Blake)
“Your hay it is mow’d and your corn is reap’d, Your barns will be full your hovels heap’d”
“Earth is so kind… just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with harvest” (Douglas William Jerrold)