The Craft and Loom Department launches the first Craft Safari


The Craft and Loom Department launches the first Craft Safari

The safari started with the Karkhana of Ali Mohohammad Najar, a national handicraft winner from Khatamband, where the audience was mesmerized by the geometric masterpieces handcrafted from walnut wood.

posted on December 11, 2021 | Author Agencies

Following Srinagar’s nomination as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, the Department of Handicrafts and Kashmir launched its first handicraft safari from the Safakadal area of ​​downtown Srinagar on Saturday.

The safari started with the Karkhana of Ali Mohohammad Najar, a national handicraft winner from Khatamband, where the audience was mesmerized by the geometric masterpieces handcrafted from walnut wood.

While telling the story of his craft, the master craftsman said that his ancestors had moved to Safa Kadal from Tral on the orders of the then Maharaja and the family had been associated with the craft of Khatamband for a long time and hence named their company qadeem meaning old.

The group then moved to see the magic of the crew at Naqash, known as Khursheed Naqash & Sons. Naqash was established in 2008 in the Safakadal region of Srinagar. Famous for embroidery and crewel designs, the company has its genesis in over two hundred years of Turkmenistan’s history when Khursheed Ahmad Naqash’s ancestors migrated to Kashmir.

The safari continued to amaze at the workplace of Ghulam Nabi Dar where the delicately hand-carved designs proved to be a feast for the eyes. Ghulam Nabi Dar, the master craftsman of woodcarving is the embodiment of creativity and passion. He has been creating intricate designs and life-size pieces for over 60 years and always tries to bring something new to his artifacts.

The group then saw the Pashmina weaving in the kharkhana of Mohammad Lateef Shah, the basic embroidery in the kharkhana of Feroz Ahmad Bhat and finally the carpet weaving by SS Carpets of Gul Mohammad Sofi which revived the Mughal technique of carpet weaving single knot and is known for its one-of-a-kind 3D designs in rugs.

The Director of Handicrafts & Handloom Kashmir thanked the master craftspeople, the participants for joining the inaugural Srinagar Craft Safari event which would henceforth be a regular feature. (KNS)