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.

Business
The Silken Story

From fifteen lakh kilograms of cocoons produced in 1940 to just three lakh kilograms in 2012, the once profitable silk…

Culture
A Dying Art

Not long back, kitchens in households across Kashmir were filled with utensils made up of clay. With the advent of…

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A Fading Art

Kashmir produces one of the world’s most expensive handmade carpets but the artisans associated with the lucrative Qaleen industry are…

Cover Story
Pashmina Politics

Centuries after Kashmir made Cashmere a global fashion statement, the Rs 600 crore heritage Shawl sector feels compelled to use…

Fashion
A Desire to Design

With the launch of Kashmir’s first designer clothing store at Raj Bagh, Zubair Kirmani, a Delhi-based Kashmiri designer, has made…

Handicrafts
Awfully underpaid

With reduced wages Kashmiri artisans are getting poorer with each passing day, pushing them into despair and keeping away others…

Fashion
A Tweed Story

Tweeds from Scotland to Srinagar do not have much difference in quality, comfort and the manufacturing process. But the Harris…

Handicrafts
Indelible Impressions

From Samarkand to Srinagar, Ashiq Hussain narrates the 600-year-old journey of stylish Samovar to the snow-bound valley of Kashmir through…

Handicrafts
Woolen Treasure

Carpets in Kashmir are known to be artistic, creative and warm as well. Syed Asma reports on the common man’s…

Handicrafts
Fields of Fortune

Kashmir is home to one of the rarest and most expensive spices in the world: Saffron. Shams Irfan walks through…

Handicrafts
Weaving Magic

A special thread from Assam mounted onto the handloom along with thickened silk from Patna, the skillful hands of a…

Handicrafts
The Dream Wrap

Kashmir shawls are known for their intricacies, variety, material, designs and that exquisite look. It has entered the pages of…