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food bags

Barley Storage BagsZACHIKA BARLEY STORAGE BAGS: (right) natural undyed leather with hand-dyed red & black detail

LHAGANG TSAMPA & CHIRRA* BAGS: (below) Yak-butter-cured goat hide is used to make these matching bags which act as short-trip picnic sacs.   Tied together, they can be thrown over the shoulder, and carry two or three days sustenance.  Modern uses include using a single bag as a fashionable purse, with a long leather strap added. *Tsampa is roasted barley flour, the staple food of nomads' diets.  Chirra is dried yak milk whey, also a part of the daily diet.

Tea Bag
Tsampa & Chirra Bags

 

 

 

 

 

TEA STORAGE BAGS:   (right, below left) Handmade from yak-hair and colorful cotton yarn, these simple bags are used to store tea leaves, matches, and other kitchen use items. They are hung for aesthetics and convenience from a wooden post near the fire.   They have been used by customers as satchels.

Tea Bag

 

LHAGANG LEATHER BAGS: (below left, below right) Made of home-cured (with butter) thick yak-leather, these bags are used to  store barley in large quantities.  A household will usually keep 8-10 of these bags filled with barley at all times, as a safeguard against hard times, as a habit,and as a sign of household well-being.  The bags are stacked in the winter rock house and used as a wall to separate the space into rooms (pictured left).  They are also used in pairs as saddlebags to transport barely from farming areas (where it is bought) to the nomad home areas.   

Leather Bags

Leather Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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