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Ladakh Ceilings

The ceilings in the homestays we’ve stayed at are often quite similar. They’re usually made out of long and heavy poplar logs, with smaller willow saplings perpendicular to them, creating a tight lattice structure. There are variations, though, and some ceilings are much lighter in color, while others are dark from soot or age.

When we were in Taar, we got to peel the bark off of some willow saplings with Aba-le, and we saw more clearly how the wood is prepared and ceilings are made.

The photo above shows the ceiling of our current guesthouse in Leh.