Handicrafts

Kashmir’s key heritage sector, handicrafts were the main products that introduced the art of the valley to the rest of the world. Though currently under stress for a set of reasons, some even beyond the control of artisans and the traders, the handicrafts continues to be a major player of Kashmir’s economy. This section features the crafts and the craftsmen, the process and the innovations in addition to the market that is global in nature.

Kangri Commerce

Kashmir’s history’s oldest tool against harshest winters has not evolved as a symbol of culture alone but a roaring business as well. Evaluating the supply-demand matrix of Kashmir’s celebrated fire-pot, Minhaj Masoodi visited the...

No Paper Tigers

With the traditional papier-mâché getting focused attention at the societal and official levels, Khalid Bashir Gura met two artisans who had given up their well-paying good jobs to revive and improve the art, which...

UNESCO Listing

With Srinagar finally joining UNESCO’s 50-city global creative network for ‘craft and folk art’, the real challenges for the policymakers and stakeholders is to discover ways and means for reviving Cashmere’s golden era when...

Crafts In Crisis

Covid19 enforced immobility hit Kashmir handicrafts so hard that the exports fell to the lowest in recent years. Now, the authorities say they have launched a new policy that will address critical issues in...

Zaldagar 1865

Kashmir’s first labour unrest, more than 150 years ago, was the outcome of the accumulation of immense exploitation that Kashmir’s working class was subject to by despots and their local clients, reports Masood Hussain When...

Exceptional Carver

One of Srinagar’s oldest craftsmen, Ghulam Nabi Dar’s designs on the wood remain unmatched for their intricacy and detail, reports Khalid Bashir Gura In one of the cramped alleys of downtown Srinagar, the city of...

Kashmir’s Map Shawls

Shawls woven in Kashmir were fashion statements on Paris streets early nineteenth century. But it took a long time for the buyers to understand that the Cashmere they are wearing is from Kashmir, a...

Dying Art Of Papiermachie

Dwindling economic utility of the art is forcing artisans in Kashmir villages to give up on it, reports Samreena Nazir On a snowy afternoon of January, facing towards the only window of the room, surrounded...

Crocheting Lives

It took her 16 years to encourage her husband to earn for the family. The failure has led her to separate and to further decide the management of better lives for her four children....
Mohd Subhan Kumhar (KL Image By Bilal Bahadur)

Pottery Is Alive

Contrary to public belief and researcher’s verdicts, the pottery in Kashmir is not dead, reports Bilal Bahadur There were 22 families in Wakoora, a Ganderbal village who were professional potters for the last more than two...
Saima Shafi (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Re-Engineering Pottery

As the modern Kashmir elevated its kitchen-status to imported ceramics, copper and glassware, hundreds of potters halted their wheels and jumped to other jobs for a better living with a claim to better status...
Manzoor Ahmad Malik shawl-weaver Manzoor Ahmad Malik (KL Image: Samreena Nazir)

Weaver Dreams

Down south, a village has not abandoned handlooms because the power-looms work fast and better, but the weavers say they cannot change the destiny of a nosediving skill. They also want government reinvests in...
Croche work by Najam Qari

Crocheting An Idea

A professional web designer was so passionate about reviving crocheting that she gave up her job and made a successful venture using the internet to sell. She employs almost ten girls now and is...

Shawl Sheen Lost?

After the insiders at the state-run Handloom Development Corporation allegedly stole half a dozen prized shawls with classic designs – revived after huge efforts – and replaced them with ordinary ones, Masood Hussain laments...

Tral’s Gufkrals’

On the foothills of Tral is a maze of caves that is an established archaeological site offering details about the early settlements of mankind in Kashmir. More than 3000-year-old site, it holds the keys...

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