Browsing: 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.

Handicrafts 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…

Handicrafts 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…

Handicrafts
Shawl Sheen Lost?

After the insiders at the state-run Handloom Development Corporation allegedly stole half a dozen prized shawls with classic designs –…

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Tral’s Gufkrals’

On the foothills of Tral is a maze of caves that is an established archaeological site offering details about the…

Handicrafts
The Ocean Thirst

The concrete jungle of Srinagar may be bustling with activity as it expands far and wide. But Zamir Ahmad reports…

Handicrafts
Paper Life

Orphaned at 11, a young boy in city outskirts is using winter to make paper objects after he picked up…

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Wicker Worries

As the new GST regime, brought handicrafts to the lowest five percent slab, the small, export-oriented sector is facing a…

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The Silken Knot

Vested interest, negative policy interventions, market shifts and nature intervened in the unmaking of world’s biggest silk factory in Kashmir.…

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Sozni Daughters

Mechanization of handicrafts apart, hundreds of youngsters, mostly girls, in Kashmir’s periphery are using the art as a decisive tool…

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Weaving Wonders

Two friends are determined to revive the once famous art of crochet or Koereshi, by using social media. Heena Muzzafar…

Education
Saving Namda

An 18-year-old girl’s invention helped save the centuries old art of Namda making. A sports and science fiction buff, she…

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Pashmina Portal

Disturbed by the plight of artisan a young boy is out to change the system. Ubeer Naqushbandi reports the legacy…

Business
A Clay Thing

Not so long ago clay utensils were central to Kashmir’s lifestyle. But as plastic took over, people associated with the…

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