Global Images Contest 2006-2007


Janelle Matrow '07 FP

This photo was taken on a windy, rainy Himalayan day in mid-august. The nuns, adorned in their best regalia of hand sewn yellow robes, wait patiently in the cold for the arrival of their most respected guest: Karma Lekshe Tsomo. The yellow robe is called chogu and is traditionally worn on special occasions. It is made of 25 patchwork strips called namcha sewn in a design indicative of renunciation and monastic seniority. This was the only event that I witnessed the nuns in such robes. The two nuns, Montok (left) and Kasong (right), have been nuns since the age of 3 and 4. They are not only loving and devoted cousins, but they are also best friends.