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The handicrafts from Kashmir will not only add to the beauty of your wardrobe and home, but they will also make great memories and presents for friends and family.

Traditionally, Kashmiri people and artisans create, craft, and decorate objects by hand, known as "Kashmiri handicrafts." According to their culture, Kashmiris have traditionally made a variety of handicraft products out of simple items and materials. There are numerous notable areas such as textils, carpets, crewel embroidery, silverware, woodwork, and papier-mâché, among others. Many artisans in Kashmir rely on their handicrafts as a means of survival. The handicrafts from Kashmir will not only add to the beauty of your wardrobe and home, but they will also make great memories and presents for friends and family.

Listed here are some of the handicrafts you should include in your bucket list:

Papier-mâché: Kashmir papier-mâché is a skill which Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani introduced to mediaeval India from Persia in the 14th century. It is mainly made of paper pulp and is a highly adorned, vibrant item; it is often seen in the shape of vases, bowls, or cups, boxes, trays, and lamp bases.



Vase with flowers Papier-mâché is often seen in the shape of vases, bowls, or cups, boxes, trays, and lamp bases. | Mahyah Binti Idris


Walnut Wood Carving: Kashmir walnut wood carving is a beautiful woodcarving art that is practised in Kashmir. With indigenous walnut trees in Kashmir, it's natural to expect that artisans have used them to create a range of handmade items. Tables, jewellery boxes, trays, and other things, including beds and doors, are made of walnut wood carving.

Walnut carving on bed Tables, jewellery boxes, trays, and other things, including beds and doors, are made of walnut wood carving. | Mahyah Binti Idris


Pashmina Shawl: As late as the 15th century, Muslim artisans from Turkistan brought shawls to Kashmir, establishing a long-standing trade relationship. The third Mughal emperor Akbar brought in Persian experts who helped enhance the indigenous art and methods of shawl and carpet making. Kashmir'sKashmir's woollen textiles, especially its best-quality shawls, were and continue to be produced mainly of Pashm or Pashmina, the wool of Capra hircus, a type of wild Asian mountain goat native to the region. As a result, the shawls are termed "Pashmina."

Kashmiri shawl The third Mughal emperor Akbar brought in Persian experts who helped enhance the indigenous art and methods of shawl and carpet making | Wikimedia


Namda: Namda comprises many layers of wool that are flattened on top of one another. After a layer has been placed, it is sprinkled evenly with water and flattened. It is then embellished with the stunning Kashmiri Aari Embroidery, which adds a lovely finishing touch. Namda-making is a family legacy that has been passed down from generation to generation. The majority of namda manufacturing facilities in Srinagar are concentrated in the city's old town.

Namda Namda-making is a family legacy that has been passed down from generation to generation | Pinterest



Crewel Embroidery: Crewel embroidery, also known as crewelwork, is a kind of needlework embroidery that uses wool as a thread. It is used on curtains, grace shawls, wall hangings, namdas or tunics.

Curtain with crewel work Crewel work is used on curtains, grace shawls, wall hangings, namdas or tunics. | Mahyah Binti Idris


Kashmiri artisans work very hard to provide the finest possible product for their customers. The valley has a long and illustrious history of arts and crafts. So, the next time you plan a trip to Kashmir, don't forget to grab some of the handicrafts. These items can be found in various stores around the city centre and on the routes leading to the valley's main tourist attractions.

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Keywords: Kashmir, handicraft, paper mache, pashmina, shawl, wood carving, wood, crewel, curtain


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