Pakhi - Woven Woollen Textile

Universally as familiar in Nepal as the rari, the soft woven wool pakhi is indispensable in the colder regions. The Pakhi, softer than the rari in its construction, is woven in the northern part of Nepal. It is used as an outer covering as well as the base material for clothing items like the ghala, namja, panki, and kiri. The pakhi is worn and woven mainly in the Himalayan foot-hills. Its warmth protects the body from the biting cold and winds of the region. It is woven using primitive techniques. Though softer than the rari it does not compare with the woollen suiting imported from abroad, resulting in a decline in its usage.

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