Panjari's are screens, and a Rabsal is a protruding wooden balcony, both are conspicuous parts of a Ladakhi house that a family owns, depending on their position and status. Rabsal's are always attached to the sitting room or the 'don-khang' of the house, its where the guests could be entertained and dinners hosted. Adding some flamboyance to the simple stone and mud buildings the rabsal serves a practical purpose, allowing maximum sunlight into the house, keeping away the cold draughts and dust from the spacious terrains. They also become a large window for the family to enjoy the view outdoors. The absence of glass in earlier times, gave way to mesh-like designs called 'pinjkari' or 'panjari' incorporated into the rabsal, they work like shutters that can be opened during the day and closed at night. It is difficult to say where exactly the idea of the rabsal was initiated or when, but some sources state that it could have originated from Kashmir and others, from Tibet.