Hello folks! Long time ago I mentioned about the craft arts of Kashmir and about few months ago I wrote about how to give your home a look of Kerala. So today in this post I have amalgamated the two of the posts for the ‘Home Look series‘ to bring the authenticity of different Indian cultures into your home decor. So if you don’t know where to begin… well shopping is the only way out :) Before which, I would like to mention that Kashmiris have less of furniture in their home… because they like to eat and greet by staying grounded. So not much homes will have sofas or dining tables. You can see our home for that matter ;) Though that doesn’t mean they don’t buy them…. rather they rarely use them.
There are only few art practices that falls into the design part for Kashmiri home decor products, but they are all so rich, ethnic, bright and gorgeous, that you will not miss anything else. Let me count on them… Paper Mache, Chain Stitch, Copper-ware Crafts and Walnut Wood. Now let me take you on a tour, that will please your eyes so much that, not only you will want to buy them, you may even end up having yourself visiting Kashmir to just go mad on shopping there :) Let’s do this together buddy…
I have started with this, is because, Kangri is a vital and common piece at Kashmiri homes. Like when you see an apple logo and that defines everything about a company, same is with Kangri it is more than a logo that defines about a home, having an essence of Kashmir.
Paper Mache collection
They sell this hand-painted art-form on trinket boxes, glasses, jewellery boxes, bowl sets, spice tins, candy boxes, hand mirrors, incense stick stands, water jugs, diyas etc. They look gorgeous and most of the designs will have bright blooming flowers throughout. Generally a female would want to buy all the items from a store filled up of paper mache products, but at times when the beauty captures you so much that you can’t really sectionalize such action into any gender category. I have shared with you the in-depth knowledge on how paper mache products are made.
Chain Stitch Embroidery collection
Yes, I too am in love with the above pouffe. But if I will have them, a bell will ring in my mind every time someone sits on it ;) You will find this art also on rugs, throw pillow/cushion covers and wall decorations/hangings. If not flowers, but the patterns that are used are filled up with loud colours and still it will please your eyes, because all such work sits on mild backgrounds. Again the work looks ornate and hence elevates the value of the products.
This is called Kashmiri Samovar, a kettle used to prepare Kehwa and Nun chai. I have mentioned about how Kandkari work is done on copper ware, and this is done also on sweet & serving bowls, spadles, spoons, glasses, cup set, fruit bowls, tray etc. If you will have them in your kitchen, the standard of look will raise massively, not because it’s copper ware, rather because of the craft-work done on them. It’s an exclusive craft done by master-smiths from Kashmir.
Walnut Wood collection
Walnut wood work are now-a-days got easily replaced with Sheesham, and such boxes & furniture are found in some general craft melas and basement stores. But when you will realise the difference between the material, you will know which one to choose and buy. The wood-carved products are thankfully available across the country, but am not sure if they all are made of authentic walnut wood. You will find this art on bowls, trays, storage boxes, decor products, vase, incense stick stands, tables etc.
Kashmiri carpets are famous across the globe and why not, they look wonderful. Have them in your living room and people will not have anything negative to point on, cuz they will be mesmerized enough ;)
What I have witnessed is that, the patterns and designs on any Kashmiri home decor products, will have more of flowers… beautiful flowers. And also that each art-forms costs higher in value, that is because they are all hand-done and also that they are all pretty intricate work. I have seen the glass lens of most of the workers, they are thick as wall, which directs to the fact that how much the eyes strain while curating such amazing designs. I hope these things will fascinate you for better :) So please tell me… Which one are your favourites among them. Have you ever been to Kashmir? Yes? How was your shopping experience there? I am hereby leaving you in utter awe. Enjoy the moment ;) Namaskar.