Kashmiri handicrafts is a traditional art of Kashmiri people and Artisans who make, craft, and decorate objects by hand. Srinagar, Ganderbal, and Budgam are the main districts in central Kashmir which are making handicrafts products since ages. The rest of its districts, including Srinagar, Ganderbal, and Budgam are best known for its cultural heritage which extends handicraft industry in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Kashmiris make different types of handicraft products with simple items and materials traditionally. Pashmina, Shawl, Carpet, Silverware, Woodwork, Crewel embroidery, Phool Kari, Kashmiri rug and Papier-mâché are the main products of Kashmiri Handicrafts. It is said that the people of Kashmir learnt Namda (see, Kashmiri rug) weaving in the 11th century when Mughal emperor Akbar ordered for a suitable covering floor for his horse. It is also believed that some people make useful things from stone crafting which can be later used in Architecturework. Stone crafting are mainly done by men while other handicrafts like Embroidery work is done by both men in women in the region conventionally.
Role of Kashmiri handicrafts in economy
The handicraft industry remained an important key in the economic development of J&K state and the industry has a great handout towards employment opportunities.Handmade products are exported all over India and other parts of the world. Kashmiri handicrafts eliminated financial crises among those people who are affected with the physical disabilities. After handicrafts gained foreign exposure with positive feedback, many youth made this, their profession. Kashmiri Handicrafts is the second largest and preferable industry after fruit in Kashmir Valley.
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