First, you need to wash the wool while it is still on the sheep. After this, the wool can be fleeced, colored, sorted out and finally spun.
From it threads are woven in order to then knit jurabs (woolen socks) or gloves. It is also needed for Namad.
Making namad is one of the oldest traditions of the Badakshan region. When a woman comes of age, and engages in marriage, namad is made as a dowry for her.
It is collectively made by the ‘whole world’, meaning that women from nearby villages will come, and help in the process. While making it, the woman sing songs.
It is believed that if the bride has no namad, then she has nothing. This indicates that it is one of the most important dowries that a woman takes into her marriage.
The patterns and backgrounds used in the namad come from old. To create the patterns the soil on which the namad is made is covered by burlap. On it patterns are laid in colored wool.
Then comes the background laid in layers of black, gray and white wool. The different layers are then wrapped in a tight roll and tied with rope. This way, the namad stays for two hours. After the burlap is removed, the namad stays wrapped up for another three hours. Finally it will be unfolded and is ready to find its way into a new household.