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
Crafting a fake

Low quality machine made shawls from Punjab and other states, sold in the name of Kashmir brand are hurting Kashmir’s…

Handicrafts
Crafting penury

Once an envious craft, papier mâché is now a cause of penury for its craftsman. Shazia Yousuf visits Kamangarpora, the locality…

Entrepreneurship
Weathering a storm

When circumstance left her husband incapacitated, Shamima turned to Pashmina weaving, and went on to set up an enterprise that…

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Programming Taleem

Khan studied computer programming at home and soon went out to design software to digitize land records in Urdu. Khan’s…

Business
Facing a cut

Embroidery and cutwork is a dying handicraft, with very few artisans left in the trade. Sumayyah Qureshi meets septuagenarian Aziz-din-Banday…

Business
GI registration and beyond

Kashmir artisans heaved a sigh of relief after Chennai based GI Registry awarded them an ownership of the craft. Bureaucratic…

Business
A tweed tale

Weavers in Inder and Badibagh villages of Pulwama once sold tweed to international markets in Europe and America. Second World…

Business
Tackling recession

NASEER SHAH Recession has started taking its toll and the artisans in Kashmir’s handicraft sector are becoming instant targets of…

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BLOODLESS MURDER

They were launched as promising businesses but interfering politicians rendered them unviable. In effect shaking the lives of thousands of…

Business
Back on global radar

A buyer seller meet has brought international buyers for Kashmir handicrafts direct to Srinagar, building links between Kashmiri traders and…

Business
Survival on a prized craft

Despite growing demands of Khatamband ceilings, not many artisans are eager to pass on the craft to their children. Surviving…

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