Gaddi is a tribe that resides mainly in Himachal Pradesh of India. The Massive population of Gaddis resides in Kangra. These people belong to the class of shepherds whose job is to look after the goats and sheep. Gaddis considers sheep and goats as their property as they use these animals in various ways. The milk and meat of goats and sheep are used for consumption by them, the wool is used for making multiple woolen articles, and skin is used for making Kharchi and other products. Women of this community also involve themselves in the weaving of their dresses at home and wear them on special occasions.
These women are experts in weaving Pattu and Gardu (woolen blankets) that are used as the primary clothing among them. They prepare numerous woolen articles for their family using sheep wool. These woolen strands are initially sorted by lengths and are used for making different articles. Further, they are washed, cleaned, and combed. This combed wool is then spun using the spinning wheel, and the fabric is finely woven on the loom. An artisan named Pyar Singh residing at Himachal Pradesh is well versed in Gaddi blanket making. His ancestors were involved in sheep farming. In later days, their family initiated to cut sheep's hair, cleaned it, and started extracting the woolen yarns.
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