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August 1, 2018

Papier-mâché is a form of recycling waste paper into beautiful decorative objects. Like many other Kashmiri crafts, it has Persian influence. The making of any  papier-mâché product is a two-step process: sakhtsazi and naqashi. Sakhtsazi involves construction of a desi...

June 26, 2018

Javaid Ahmad Wani moved to Nepal in 1992, with his friend Firdous Ahmad Bhat, to join a workshop that employed Kashmiri artisans. “I grew up with Firdous. He’s not just my friend, he’s like a brother. We played together, ran together, ate together. And then we moved to...

June 11, 2018

Tilla is a form of hand embroidery using gold, copper or silver zari threads.The precious metals age over time to acquire an antique look, and are looked at as investment pieces that may be passed down generations. Tilla has a royal origin; it was started by jingrahs,...

June 11, 2018

Persian influence gave rise to copper metallurgy in Kashmir, in the 14th century. Mohd. Aslam Bhat’s family is one of many that have kept this art alive through generations. Bhat grew up listening to the sound of metal beating, and fell in love with it one stroke at a...

June 11, 2018

Papier mâché is a form of recycling waste paper into beautiful decorative objects. Like many other Kashmiri crafts, it has Persian influence. The making of any Paper mâché product is a two-step process: Sakhtsazi and Naqashi. Sakhtsazi involves construction of a desire...

June 11, 2018

Namda is the craft of making felted carpets from beaten wool, and trails back to over 600 centuries. These floor covering are primarily made of pure sheep wool, but cotton may also be added in varying ratios. They act as insulators, and are warm in winters, and cool in...

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