The handicraft industry continues to be an important key to J & K's economic development, and it has great resources for employment opportunities. Handmade products are exported to India and other parts of the world. Kashmir's handicrafts have resolved the economic crisis of people affected by disabilities.
Many young people made it their profession after craft became known abroad for its positive reaction. Kashmir handicrafts are the second largest and preferred industry in the Kashmir Valley after fruits.
Embroidery is an integral part of many Kashmir handicrafts, shawls and carpets, and Kashmir women's ferrets are adorned with intricate embroidery or floral designs made from fine metal threads.
This type of embroidery is known in Kashmiri as "til". Embroidery work in this area has traditionally been done by both men and women.
The trend for Shawls never goes out of Style:
Shawls were imported into Kashmir from abroad by Turkistan Muslim craftsmen in the 15th century. The Persian master was brought to you by the third Emperor Mughal Akbar, who improved the local crafts and techniques of shawl and carpet weaving.
The cashmere shawl is a type of shawl that features a Kashmir weave and is traditionally made of chat ouch or pashmina wool.
Most of the cashmere wool fabrics, especially the highest quality scarves, were made from pashmina or pashmina, which is the wool of Caprahircus, a type of wild Asian goat.
Therefore, the cloth was called pashmina. Do-shara, as the name implies (“double scarf”), is always sold in pairs due to its many variations.
The midfield of Harimatan is very rustic and undecorated. Crab shawls are another type of cashmere shawl from the Kashmir crab Hama region.
It is one of the oldest crafts in Kashmir. This craft has been part of the valley since the Mughal era. The shawl is woven with pashmina yarn.
From the most diligent hands of Kashmir to the World:
Women in Kashmir have used craters (traditional spinning wheels) to make pashmina fibres for centuries. The crater is of high traditional and cultural importance in Kashmir.
Homeownership is still considered a blessing. The technique of making pashmina shawls was introduced to Kashmir in the 15th century by the ruler Zaynul Abideen, who brought skilled craftsmen from Persia.
Locals later learned to trade and it began to prosper. During Mughal rule, the Pashmina shawls became famous in Europe, and the shawl has become a statement of high fashion across the world ever since.
The raw pashmina for spinning comes from Ladakh which is then spun by Kashmir`s women spinners who extract the rough particles from it and turn it into fine and soft threads.
By the time the Pashmina shawl, known for its elegance, reaches the hands of a customer, the final product passes through 24 stages of manual work.
The pashmina fibre is very delicate and cannot withstand the force of a spinning machine so it has to be individually hand-spun on a traditional wheel and then meticulously dyed and woven.
All that is captivating about SHANTOOSH:
Rarely dyed chatouch clothes are preferred for their natural shades, mainly brown and moss brown, with natural white being the most expensive.
The 2-meter long chatouch scarf weighs only 160 grams and is called a ring scarf. It's so fine and light that it's warm enough to slip through a wedding ring and hatch pigeon eggs.
Many believe that pashmina and chatush are similar, but pashmina is the hair of a domesticated goat, and chatush is derived from a wild antelope known as Kailas. Shahtoosh is the warmest and most expensive wool fabric.
Delicate threads are seven times as thin as human hair and can only be processed by skilled craftsmen.
Cashmere weaving has experience in handling the finest hand-spun pashminas and was able to weave the most elaborate chatouch fabrics banned in 1976. Under increasing pressure from wildlife activists, the Kashmir government banned production in 2000.