Copper and Silverware are among the major buys while shopping in Srinagar. Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in the centre of Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1730 m above sea level. Dotted with tranquil lakes, beautiful gardens and quaint houseboats, Srinagar is renowned for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, Kashmiri clothes and dry fruits. It is a place worth a visit while on a tour to Jammu and Kashmir.
The excellent products of copperware created by the skilled Kashmiri artisans comprise mainly of cooking pots, samovars (tea kettle of Russian origin), household articles like bowls, plates and trays, or the mantelpiece. The copperware of Srinagar is appreciatively adapted for electroplating.
There are a plethora of shops in Srinagar where the walls, the floor and even the ceiling made generally for the local market are dotted with copper objects. A range of motifs like floral, stylized, geometric, leaf and at times calligraphic are engraved or embossed on copper, and occasionally on silver, to cover the entire surface with beautiful designs. It is then oxidized for the better to stand out from the background.
There is a wide variety of silverware available in Srinagar including silver tea-sets, flower vases, toilet sets, ornamental picture frames, cigarette cases, tumblers, etc. Designs of leaves of the chinar and the lotus, as well as of lilac, a popular flower of the valley, are used to adorn these fashionable items in silver.
The price of the copperware or silverware depends on the work known as naqash, as also on the weight of the product. Both plain and engraved work is executed and displayed, catering to the different tastes of buyers, which include tourists from world over.