Needle pouch (kab-cho). Flared pouch with a pointed end in red leather, inset with red textile and glass. Six steel pins decorate one side. A wire loop allows a central core to be pulled out. The core is of leather and wool in which needles can be stuck. The pouch is closed by pulling on a leather suspension thong.
Needle cases or 'kab-cho' are often carried by Tibetan nomads on their chatelaines. Needles are vital tools when it comes to repairing clothing or equipment, but they can be difficult to replace when away from permanent settlements and as we all know, they are very easy to loose. Kab-cho represent and ingenious way of keeping needles safe whilst on the move.