Kashmiri Handicrafts

Papier mache is the delicate art of a craftsman. This art was introduced in Kashmir in the 15th Century by a Kashmiri Prince who spent years in prison at Samarkand in Central Asia. The art born in the land of Persia was highly favored by Mughal Emperors of 15th and 16th Century.

To make papièr mâchè, first paper is soaked in water till it disintegrates. It is then pounded, mixed with an adhesive solution, shaped over moulds, and allowed to dry and set before being printed and varnished. Paper that has been pounded to pulp has the smoothest finish in the final product. 

Some art is paper or wood to provide a less expensive alternative. It is all brightly coloured and beautiful.

Most pieces are one-offs, with few doubles.

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