Known as ‘Paradise On The Earth’, Kashmir needs no introduction. Right from the beauty of Dal Lake to the Icy norms of Gulmarg, Kashmir is a treasure whose natural riches are infinite. Now you can own a part of its riches in the form of Kashmir Collection. The Kashmir Collection covers the best of Pashmina, Paper Mache, Sozni and Keani Keam dresses and collectables. What makes our Kashmir Collection unique, is that its items have been exquisitely handcrafted by the local artisans, and are truly eco-friendly and sustainable. So what are you waiting for? Visit Peepul Tree and get the best of Kashmir Collection today!
Kashmir, a pristine valley with picturesque mountains, beautiful lakes and natural wonders that never tend to end. For centuries, Kashmir has been truly the crown of India’s rich heritage and history. The beautiful wonders that have made Kashmir a global craze can now also be explored in the form of local Kashmiri Handicrafts. Handcrafted from the finest of the local artisans, right from Pashmina to Paper Mache, our collection of Kashmiri Handicrafts is worth every buck that it stands for. Visit Peepul Tree and explore Kashmiri Handicrafts today!
Kashmir Handicrafts Online
For every type of enthusiast, Kashmir offers everyone something marvelous in one way or the other. Similarly for afashionista or someone interested in local handcrafted collectables, Peepul Tree offers Kashmir Handicrafts Online. Be it the Willow Wicker and Papermache Lamp or the Checked Hand Embroidered Handwoven Pashmina Shawl, our available Kashmir Handicrafts Online project a layer of sophistication and loveliness that has been added to raw materials, by the intricate and exquisite hand-embroidery in varied colours by skillful Kashmiri artisans. Our available Kashmir Handicrafts Online are also eco-friendly and sustainable. What makes our available Kashmir Handicrafts Online unique is that they have been directly made available online without any compromise on quality. Get the finest of available Kashmir Handicrafts Online only on Peepul Tree.
1. Which firm is making these Kashmiri handicrafts come on Peepul Tree?
The Kashmiri Handicrafts on Peepul tree have been handcrafted by the local artisans under KILAB, or Kashmir Innovation LAB.
2. What crafts under the Kashmiri handicrafts are available at Peepul Tree?
Paper Mache: It involves the creation of intricate and delicate decorative items using paper and a special kind of paste made from adhesive materials like rice starch, glue, and water. The art of Paper Mache in Kashmir has a rich history dating back several centuries.
Pashmina: A type of fine wool fabric that is known for its softness, warmth, and luxurious feel. It is made from the underbelly hair of the Himalayan mountain goat, specifically the Changthangi breed, which is found in the region of Kashmir. Pashmina wool is renowned for its insulation properties, making it a popular choice for scarves, shawls, wraps, and other accessories.
Sozni: It involves the traditional hand-embroidery technique where the motifs are created in a satin stitch, especially for the panels along the side of the cloth. It is typically done in a white or light-coloured thread on a dark background. What makes Sozni more unique is that its intricacy varies from 5 stitches to 500 stitches per centimetre.
Keani Keam: Locally referred to as Keani Keam is a hand-skilled craft from Kashmir, involving the weaving of willow reeds into various items that are used in everyday life. The craft has remained an indigenous business industry of the valley for centuries.
3. What is the history of Kashmiri handicrafts?
The history of Kashmir handicrafts is rich and dates back thousands of years. Kashmir, also known as the "Paradise on Earth," has been a center of art, culture, and craftsmanship since ancient times. The region's geographical location on the historic Silk Road and its proximity to Central Asia, Persia, and China contributed to the exchange of ideas and artistic influences.
The art of Kashmiri handicrafts can be traced back to the 3rd century BCE, during the rule of the Mauryan Empire. During this time, Kashmiri artisans were known for their expertise in wood carving, which produced intricate and beautifully designed furniture, doors, and architectural elements.
In the following centuries, with the spread of Buddhism in the region, Kashmir became a significant center for Buddhist art and architecture. The monasteries and stupas were adorned with exquisite carvings and sculptures, showcasing the artistic skills of the craftsmen.
The advent of Islam in the 14th century brought a shift in artistic styles and motifs. Islamic influences began to dominate the architecture, and skilled craftsmen incorporated intricate geometric designs and calligraphy into their creations. The reign of the Mughal emperors in India further enriched the region's handicrafts, with the emperors patronizing Kashmiri craftsmen and encouraging their work.
During the Mughal period, the art of carpet weaving also flourished in Kashmir. Persian designs and techniques were adopted, and Kashmiri carpets gained a reputation for their fine craftsmanship and intricate designs. Even today, Kashmiri carpets are highly regarded for their quality and beauty.
Another significant craft that developed during this time was Pashmina shawl making. Pashmina, a fine and luxurious wool obtained from the underbelly of Himalayan goats, was skillfully woven into exquisite shawls. These shawls became highly sought after in the Mughal courts and among the elite classes.
The 19th century saw Kashmiri handicrafts face challenges due to political instability and changes in rulership. However, the crafts persisted and adapted to changing circumstances. The British colonial era further boosted the export of Kashmiri handicrafts to Europe, introducing the crafts to a global audience.
In modern times, despite various challenges and conflicts, Kashmiri handicrafts have continued to thrive and evolve. Artisans still practice age-old techniques and create a wide range of handicrafts, including handwoven textiles, papier-mâché products, intricately carved wooden artifacts, exquisite jewelry, and more.
Kashmiri handicrafts are not only a source of livelihood for many artisans but also a symbol of the region's rich cultural heritage and artistic excellence. They continue to be cherished and celebrated worldwide for their unique beauty and craftsmanship.