Woman weaving, Galingka

Woman weaving, Galingka

BMH.A.84.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

January 30th 1927?


Chumbi Valley Region > Galingka >

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 113

A woman weaving at a loom in the courtyard of a house in the village of Galingka in the Chumbi Valley. Another woman and a boy stand alongside, watching the photographer

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Other Information

In Negative - 'A84' has been written on the left edge of the negative in blue-black ink. [MS 13/05/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print appears to have been removed from an album, as there are traces of black mounting paper around the edges of the print as if it has been taken out after previously being glued in place. A partially decipherable caption has been written on the back in pencil: "Woman weaving". The number 5 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. [MS 26/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'Ga-lin-ka - Woman Weaving' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Weaving in Gyantse [sic] - note the looms used. The wool cloth was the heavy homespun which was used for clothing. This was sheep's wool; the yak's hair was spun into cloth which was hung as a curtain across the entry into monastery doors. It was black and shiny, rather like the horse-hair at one time used in Britain for upholstery' [MS 20/04/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/53, Letters mainly from Gyantse 1926-27, diary dated January 30th 1927, page A [MS 26/06/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Woman weaving, Galingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.A.84.1.html>.

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