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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Whole plants are uprooted and burned, usually at night. The next morning, the ash is collected in a veshku (a large, local made basket made from willow/birch branches) which has straw placed, as a filter, at the bottom. Water is filtered through the veshku and collected in a bucket. The solution is transferred a large pan and is boiled with zagh (animal fat) until a thick paste is formed. Once the paste is cool, then various sized shapes of cake are made and are used as a detergent. Due to wide availability of modern detergents from shops, the making of this soap is no longer practised.

Local Name Patch
Botanical Name Haloxilan griffithii
Part used Whole plant
Locally used for Making soap