Shaheena from Kulgam weaves success story in craftsmanship and imparts artistic skills to women


Shaheena from Kulgam weaves success story in craftsmanship and imparts artistic skills to women


posted on August 01, 2022 | Author Younus Rachid



Shaheena Akhtar, 42, a resident of Gopalpora Kulgam, was in her early twenties when she became interested in shawl weaving. His interest turned into a full-time job for her and she carved out a place for herself in the field of crafts.

“Shortly after finishing my high school diploma, I started making a living by sewing shawls because no other job fascinated me as much as embroidering shawls.

“After my marriage, my in-laws supported me in my efforts. They showed great interest and supported me throughout,” she said.

Currently, Shaheena is passing on artistic skills to 20 other local women who she believes will be able to become self-sufficient in due time.

“My two daughters are into this art, and I teach them too. Even if they have finished their studies, I don’t want them to be dependent on others. There are also no guarantees on government jobs, so it is better to let them learn the art as well,” she added.

She says she is open to her new entrants who show an advantage in learning embroidery work.

Shaheen Akhtar has been in this field for over a decade now and his work has been praised in many forums.

A few days prior, she was in the news for her latest work engraving the longest Quranic verse, “Ayatul Kursi” on a Kashmiri shawl.

“It took me 12 days to complete this work. During the day, I would do other jobs around the house and then I would spend 3-4 hours waffling shawls,” Shaheena added.

Her work has been exhibited in Jaipur and she is currently in an exhibition center at Sonmarg Yatri Niwas.

The Jammu & Kashmir Women’s Development Corporation (JKWDC) and Handicrafts Department also helped her pursue her career in the field.