A 1966 documentary by British Pathé which revolves around everyday life in Srinagar and the country side of Kashmir in that days. Cashmere wool, the fibre made from Cashmere goats was popular at the time.
A look at life in the remote Himalayas and the long journey of Kashmir wool. Various C/Us of traditionally dressed girls from the Himalayas at the foot of a mountain, interspersed with shots of girls from London; sitting beside the Thames near the Houses of Parliament, drinking wine outside the Barbican, sitting on the back of a car going past sky scrapers and leaning against a pool in Trafalgar Square.
Various street scenes around Srinagar – traditionally dressed Kashmiris mingle with bicycles, buses and horse drawn carts, people buy food from roadside stalls, one man has a shave from a barber, there are mountains in the distance. L/S of a punt going under a crowded bridge. High angled shot of Srinagar from hillside, pan to snow capped mountain. Various shots of snowy mountain tops. L/S of shepherds herding goats in a valley. Various shots of Kashmir goats clambering over rocks, little boys collect tufts of wool from twigs. More shots of the herd. Various shots of Kashmiri women combing excess wool from goats and stuffing it in sacks. M/S of a man kissing his family goodbye, he has a full sack on his back. M/S of women spinning the wool. C/U of the man’s wife and child. The man bows to a stone idol before walking past the camera. Various L/Ss of the man walking over the foothills carrying the sack of wool.
Various shots of men herding pack mules down a rocky path. M/S of a man ploughing a field with oxen. Various shots of men bent double picking rice in a paddy field. Various shots of women pounding corn in a stone bowl. An old woman spins Kashmir wool by hand. M/S of two men sewing animal skins. M/S of a woman weaving. Women are seen washing clothes in a river, men weigh sacks of wool on enormous scales. Panning shot of a crowded river, various shots of families on traditional Kashmir boats. The sacks of wool are loaded onto barges travelling down the Jhelum River. Panning shot of river, to men on the bank pulling the barge along by rope. Various shots of strenuous journey down river. Scenic L/S of a barge on the river at sunset.