Himalayan Farming- Traditions and Skills in Nepal, Sikkim and Pakistan
|Publisher:||Vajra Books, Nepal|
|Pages:||316 (Throughout Color and B/w Illustrations)|
|Other Details||9.50x11.00 inch|
The Swiss horticulturist and photographer Frite Berger shares his experience from several years of working with farming communities in the Himalaya and his many visits thereafter. The book also provides an overview of the activities conducted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to promote appropriate solutions for mountain farmers in the Hindu Kush Himalaya.
These developments remind us that the Himalaya is a place of continuous, and in recent years, dramatic, change. But it would be remiss of us to forget the tools and techniques of the past, or that what we consider traditional had gone through its own process of refinement. We must not lose the lessons of the people who developed mountain agriculture over the centuries, which will offer clues about how we might tackle problems of the future. I am confident this book will act as a valuable repository of traditional knowledge for generations to come.
The hard work and skills of these farmers over the centuries has laid the foundation for the physical and cultural achievements of society. This finds expression in the temples of the Kathmandu valley, the Buddhist monasteries in Nepal and Sikkim, and the wooden mosques of Pakistan. Farming, festivals, and faith were the "arts of life" for everyone across the Himalaya.
This rural mountain spirit also finds expression in the house décor, with its unique paintings and carvings, and in the ornate colour patterns of women's dresses and beautiful jewellery. These signifiers all testify to the deliberate weaving of faith, farming, and expression in the Himalaya.
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