A tour to the state of Jammu and Kashmir will enable you to have an insight into the rich culture and tradition of the place. The rich heritage of the Art and Crafts in Jammu and Kashmir are a rare visual treat, to say the least!
Jammu and Kashmir plays host to the artistic traditions of the various tribes who have settled in this colorful and vibrant area. These different tribes living in different regions of the state take pride in their own culture and tradition. Their items for daily use like utensils, clothes etc bear a testimony to their rich culture and tradition.
The designs carved meticulously on various handcrafted items bear a powerful imprint of the old tradition. The beautiful walnut wood crafts in the form of trays, fruit bowls, ladles, plates and picture frames are a pure delight to possess. Extensive carving created on wooden boxes and furniture also speak volumes about the deft fingers of the local artisans.
Another show stealer in the Art and Crafts category of Jammu and Kashmir is the Pashmina shawl. As pure Pashmina is extremely expensive, it is often blended with silk to make it more affordable. A pure Pashmina shawl is a pricey possession which can be passed from one generation to the other. A basic yet decent Pashmina shawl would set you back approximately by Rs 5,000.
The delicate Kashmiri embroidery in the Firans, jackets, ponchos and shawls are also one of the highlights of Art and Crafts in Jammu and Kashmir. The embroidery goes on to become finer as you travel to higher price brackets. However, if you are blessed with reasonable bargaining expertise, you may have a piece even at a pittance of Rs 500.
The Kashmiri Shawls, in a variety of muted colors, available at the local markets are also a good buy. These local shawls are somewhat rough to touch. However, they are quite big in size and are pretty warm. So, they can double as blankets during light winters. Kashmiri Papier-mache is also a well-liked Kashmiri art form. Papier-mache bowls, vases and other decorative pieces are sure to attract many glances for their superb traditional designs in lively colors.