The Kashmiri handicrafts are famous everywhere because of the exquisite craftsmanship.
The Kashmir Government Arts Emporium is located in the Bahu Plaza Shopping Complex in the Panama Chowk of Srinagar. It is a haven for all the people who love art. This emporium supplies the beautiful handicrafts of Kashmir to people and tourists who visit the place. It offers a wide variety of handicrafts as well as other products such as apparel, home décor items, etc. These unique products represent the vibrancy of the Kashmiri culture. The quality of the products is never questioned as the traders try to maintain the best of the quality for these artifacts that you will love to take back home with you. The interiors of the emporium give it a peaceful vibe and a regal look.
The markets of Kashmir are lined with shops that are selling the handicrafts items everywhere especially in Srinagar. From high priced items to low prices items, there is a complete variety of these products for everyone.
The Kashmir carpets are available in both wool and silk. These have a Persian design on them and it is a long-time investment. There are a variety of Kashmiri carpets from simple to intricate designs and patterns that have been used since the older times. The variety includes cheaper carpets to the most expensive ones. These carpets are world-renowned and it is advised to not leave Kashmir without buying one for your home.
The art of carpet weaving comes from Persia and was not evolved in Kashmir. These carpets are hand made and these are always made using knots. They are never tufted, the more the knots per square inch, the greater will be the value of the carpet as well as the durability. You will find single and double-knotted carpets. Single knotted carpets are fluffier and touch resistant as compared to the double-knotted ones. Normally, silk, wool or silk, and wool yarn are used to make these carpets.
There are the best and the most intricate products that serve the rich and on the other hand, people with a budget also get beautiful handicrafts to choose from and adorn their homes.
The rich may not find any price difference between two shawls but the dealers of these know what product he is selling in his shop, has the exact idea of how much worth of skill, labor as well as material goes into the fabrication and the price is set accordingly.
The shops also sell the papier-mache products such as jewelry boxes, mirror frames, intricately carved walnut wood furniture, accessories, stone jewelry boxes, beautiful woolen shawls, crewel embroidery on the furnishing material that are sold by the meter and many more such items.
The Kashmiri shawls have all kinds of embroideries (Ari or hook embroidery), motifs (flower designs) and 'sozni' or the needleworks. These designs are done finely by the most experienced craftsmen. Due to the use of the best materials and the finest of embroidery results in a hike in the prices of these shawls.
The shawls of Kashmir are made up of three main fiber types, wool, Pashmina and Shatoosh which is expensive of all. The Pure wool shawls are known by the name raffle which comes in different counts of wool such as 40, 60, 80, etc. With the increase in the count, the price of the shawl also increases.
Pashmina wool is famous for being very soft. The Pure pashmina is expensive while the pashmina mixed with the wool is not very expensive. Shahtoosh, that is known as the legendary ‘ring shawl’ is known for the qualities of lightness, softness, and warmth. Shahtoosh shawls are banned now as the hair of the Tibetan antelope's throat is collected very painstakingly and these are collected until they have enough to make a shawl.
The silk textile designs are also famous in Kashmir and a wide variety is also available. The popular weaves are known as the 'Chinon' and 'crepe de chine' that are of fine quality and are produced using the silk yarn.
The Sericulture industry is under the supervision of the government of Jammu & Kashmir. The weaving and printing of silk do not take place on a very large scale in the Kashmir valley. The Mulberry cocoon is reared in Jammu and Kashmir which is of superior quality in the whole of Asia. It yields a very fine fiber.
The Men’s jackets, salwar-kameez, traditional phirans, etc can be found here. These clothes are made with traditional embroidery as well as available in various contrasting colors. Look for genuine saffron when here. Saffron is a spice that has various benefits and should only be bought from a trustworthy source.
Visit Kashmir and check out the unique handicraft items that are widely available all over Kashmir. These may include the Bags, clothes, home decor items, lampshades that are available at good affordable prices. The handicrafts are made by the indigenous people of Kashmir.
Address of the Emporium:
Kashmir Government Arts Emporium, Emporium Building, Residency Rd, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190001, India
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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