Saffron fields, apple orchards, silk carpets woven around prayers…the imagery of Kashmir is exotic, beautiful and startling. Apart from the influence of different cultures, the rich crafts and built heritage of this land is in its very fabric. Craft is not any ordinary enterprise in Srinagar; instead, it is symbolic of the history and culture of Kashmir and its people.
Crafting Kashmir, one weave at a time
Witness magic before your eyes, as master weavers weave impossibly delicate Pashmina, one of the finest fabrics known to man, which is made from Pashm fibre that is 1/10th the width of human hair. Visit the handful surviving Kani weavers and discover how several housand lines later, a two-meter shawl is ready. Watch embroiderers work with silk skeins on Jamawar shawls that take months to create.
Discovery through varied sights and sounds
Gold, mineral dyes and cats’ hair brushes make up the delicate art of papier mache. Watch master craftsmen create delicate art that is a legacy of the ancient Persians. Spend some time walking through history at Zaina Kadal, and through narrow streets into the Jama Masjid, and Shah-e-Hamdan.
The Shepherd Project
Aiming to revive and sustain the inherent hand skills of the Gujjar and Bakarwal community, the Shepherd Crafts project located at Langanbal village near Pahalgam provides an alternate source of income and access to health care to women beneficiaries. Often, the colors used by the Bakarwal women reflect their moods or what they wear on that day. Also their work echoes the scenic beauty of Pahalgam, the valley of shepherds…the Lidder river, around whose valley they camp.
Luxury at its best
The romantic lakes of Kashmir are home to some of the most luxurious houseboats that seamlessly blend in the old world charm of the land with modern comforts. Experience unparalleled luxury when you stay at Sukoon, which is set among floating gardens of flowering lotus in a secluded corner of Dal Lake, with beautiful vistas of the misty Pir Panjal mountains for company.
Experience this magical land like never before
This breakaway encourages you to get up close and personal with Kashmir, Kashmiriyat (the way of life of and traditions), and Kashmir’s rich handicrafts.