Namdas are one of 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.
There are several places worth a visit in Srinagar while on a tour to Jammu and Kashmir. The most popular tourist attractions of Srinagar are Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Dal Lake, Hari Parbat Fort, Shankaracharya Temple, Hazratbal Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, Nishat Gardens, etc. Besides, you can go for shopping in the various markets in Srinagar, and pick up some unique articles like Namdas.
Among the famous handicrafts in Srinagar are the exquisite Namdas. Namdas are a kind of mattress, made by felting the wool rather than weaving it. This art of felting wool into namdas originates from Yarkand.
A popular cottage industry in Srinagar, Namdas is manufactured from wool of inferior quality mixed with a small quantity of cotton. They are usually of two types of namdas - plain and embroidered. Woolen yarn was used for the embroidery previously, but at present acrylic yarn (cash melon) is used. The embroidery of the Namdas is done with thread, giving it color, splendor and strength.
Namdas are available in a variety of designs and colors at unbelievable prices. Prices of Namdas vary according to their quality of wool, pattern (plain or embroidery), size of the product and the neatness in designs. The colorful floor coverings made from woolen and cotton fiber which has been manually pressed into shape are among the less expensive ones.