This article is one of the series of blog articles from a recent trip to a small Aryan Dard settlement in the Himalayas.
The population of this group is less than 5000 so this is a vanishing culture.
A very humble and simple group of people with spectacular costumes and jewelry.
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Skeypuks are worn as collars on the neck. Legend has it that one of the queens had a thyroid problem that led to a swelling on the neck. An ornament was created to cover this up. Naturally, the Queen was a 'key opinion leader' and so this fashionable neckpiece was adopted by other women.
Most are made of coral and have turquoise, lapis, pearl and silver embellishments. Some have silver ghaus as well. And others have square amulets.Others are large and may take on proportions…Continue