Kashmir is renowned for its distinctive and fine
handicrafts. Many of these developed when Srinagar was an entrepot
on the ancient trans Himalayan trade route. Kashmiri shawls are
world wide renowned for their softness and warmth. The best are
Pashmina and Shahtush. The Kashmiri Shawls are thus the luxury items
their manufacture remaining an important source of employment in the
Hand knotted carpets are available in pure wool and mixed with
cotton and silk. The pattern tend to the traditional, the Persian
and bukhara styles being common though figurative designs such as
the Tree of life are becoming increasingly popular. A large carpet
take months to complete, the price depending on the density of knots
and material used, silk being by far the most expensive. After
knotting the pile is trimmed with scissors, loose threads burnt off
and the carpet washed and dried.
Paper mache boxes, trays, coasters make ideal gifts.
Paper is soaked, dried, mould then painted and lacquered. Traditionally
natural coloring was used (like gold leaf for gold, charcol for black).
The patterns can be highly intricate and the finish exquisite.
Other crafts include crewel work (chain stitching) on fabric), fur coats
and 'kashmiri silver' jewellery, silk and fine wood carving,
particularly on walnut wood.
| Shopping for Art and Craft
|Kashmir is famous for its handicrafts and noted for its
distinctive embroidery. Carpets, papier-mache articles, wood carving
embroidery, knitted items and saffron will be just some of the items are
provided for buying. There are a number of government emporiums around
Srinagar. Carpets can be bought for Rs200-8000 per sq foot. Wool is
cheaper than silk and the number of knots per square (ranging from 200
to 1600)inch also determine the price. Design has little influence on
price but the type of wool and silk does.
|Exuisite handicrafts are available here. Basketry and
Walnut wood furniture which is beautifully carved, utility articles and
popular mache products, gold and silver jewellery of traditional dogri
design, elaborated kashmiri skills,carpets and emboridered pashmina ,
shahtoosh shawls are some of the must buy items . Silk and wool carpets
are specialty of Kashmir & u can get a big variety of stone products or
stone jewellery here which is very good as memmentoes