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Ladakhi Woodwork

The Buddhist monasteries in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, contains the fine specimen of Ladakhi wood work. Timber is the common wood used in these works.

The carvings on the wooden pillars, inside the monasteries and temples, mostly contain the lotus with its petals opening in the outward direction. The upper part of the pillar usually contains an image of the head of a water demon, or a lotus or inscriptions from religious scriptures.

The balconies also utilize wood for their adornment. Timber is often used for covering the floor and as a roof structure. Even the bowl used for rituals is made of wood. Wooden furniture in Ladakh are mostly carved and painted with bright colors.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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