Handicrafts — Kashmir’s Fading Heritage

Hakeem Farshita talks to some disabled, nevertheless talented craftsmen about the challenges faced by the community

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Srinagar: Kashmir’s Handicraft industry has a very meaningful value and importance across the globe. Universally, Kashmir is known for its handicraft’s heritage.

There are many disabled people who, apart from challenging situations, have a very majestically stroked hand in working with handicrafts. They can be seen doing this with all the interest.

They sit from early morning till evening at a fixed place just with a painting brush and a mixing plate. They are dedicated towards their work but only can get a little amount of pay which can’t meet their need to be in a financially stable condition. They positively deserve more than this.

“This heritage should continue but it is vanishing slowly. Government should help the craftsmen in getting good prices for their products and also put a check on artificial products,” says an artisan, Mohammad Maqbool Baba.

The artisans want the government to take action against the sellers of artificial products. The artificial products will make the heritage, that was preserved though decades, lose its value.

It’s coming to a drastic end day by day. One day, it would be extinct as if nothing was.

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