The toilets were a 2 story building. The upstairs contained a dirt style toilet which is a room with a hole cut in the middle and surrounded by a fine grained dirt. After use, you shoveled the dirt down the hole with the shovel provided in every outhouse. Downstairs all the dirt and such was used as fertilizer for their crops. It actually was a lot cleaner and smelled a lot better than many outhouses I know of back in the states. The only problem I had was if I needed to go quickly, I had to run out of the house and climb up some rocks to enter this domain, roll up my pants legs and face mask and go on inside. I ended up using a face mask due to the fine dust that the dirt emited.
This is the kitchen of a nun that lives in a restored house in Leh. Even though it is much simpler and not as elaborate as the house in Yangtang, she still shows off her special dishes.
Ladakhi dresses all seem to be of a black material that I see more in men's suits in the west. It is worn with a pair of pants, fabric belt and scarf all which usually match to some degree.
Here is Stanzin from Yangtung in her dress that she would be wearing to the Kalachakra event.
Mine had a maroon pants and belt and lining in the sleeves. I had a orange and maroon silk/pashmina scarf I had purchased in Jaipur from which I matched the other items. I never did get a picture of me in the dress, so we will have to just do with the picture of Stanzin here for reference. Afterwards, I didn't see a need to carry the dress back to the U.S. as I would have no reason to ever wear it, so I donated it to the Women's Alliance in Leh to sell or give to a woman who could use it. I did receive a lot of comments from local women and even men that they were glad that I wore the dress. It got me a lot of smiles and handshakes and 'atta girls' so it was worth the investment. However, I do have to mention that it was hot to wear it on sunny hot days. I don't see how the women could wear it all summer. Some wear them all the time, but most wear them for other than everyday work wear, where they wear a shalwar kameesh with a vest, but not colorful ones like down in southern parts of India. They wear more muted colors.
Stanzin is also going to be my model for the everyday wear. Shalwar Kameesh with a vest along with a scarf for sun protection.