The Nomadic Life: The Kochi People
The Kochi People, also known as the Kuchis, are pastoral nomads who are largely Ghilji Pashtuns from Afghanistan. Sheep and goats are the most common animals they raise. Animal items such as meat, dairy products, hair, and wool are exchanged or sold in order to buy grain, vegetables, fruit, and other settled life products for their survival. As a result, an enormous network of exchange has emerged along the principal nomads' annual travels.
Shalwar Kamees and massive turbans are worn by Kuchi men. They frequently carry long sticks in their hands, typically the thin stems of trees, which they use to guide their animals and provide support while trekking across rugged terrain. Their women dress in heavy, round-skirted, long and baggy shirts that they create and make themselves, which they refer to as Gagra. They used to draw greenish dots on their chin and forehead with stibium, a type of black powder known as Raanja, which they pierced with a sewing needle known as Khal.
Herding 450-600 sheep as well as some cattle is part of the Kuchi way of life. As winter gives way to spring in central Afghanistan's mountains, the Kuchi move inward to take advantage of the comparatively plentiful grazing pastures. At the end of summer, the Kuchi will then return to their lowland pastures along the border where the animals are often fed only enough to survive. Various households will quit and rejoin other herding groups as they desire during the spring and summer migrations.
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