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Santoor making – on the verge of extinction

Today Ghulam Mohammad Zaz is the only Santoor maker left in Kashmir BROKEN STRINGS – NAUSHEEN NASEER (for Greater Kashmir) Ghulam Mohammad Zaz sits on a mat surrounded by his countless tools—chisels, hammers, screwdrivers, handsaws and knives—in a tiny, decrepit room that serves as his workshop on the banks of Jhelum. Besides tools, his workshop, a small square room, is …

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Kangri: The fire-pot that keeps Kashmir warm

The traditional kangri, fire-pot, in the Indian-administered Kashmir, keeps people warm during the severe winter months when temperature dips to as low as minus 20. It is a portable and moving heater that Kashmiris keep in their pheran, a long woollen cloak reaching down to the knees worn by people during the frosty winters. The kangri is earthenware filled with …

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10 reasons why morning walks are important for our health

  “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole of day” said Henry David. And how right he was.  So how does it benefit us; here is how. MENTAL Sharpness: It is said that morning walk gives you a natural energy boost which ensures greater mental sharpness for the rest of day. Better Sleep: A walk early in …

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Kashmir Handicrafts – Exquisite Craftsmanship

Kashmir Handicrafts Kashmiri handicrafts are prized everywhere for their exquisite craftsmanship. Kashmir carpets, in both wool and silk with their Persian design, are a lifetime investment and the shoppers’ selection ranges from the simple to the most extraordinary intricate patterns handed down the generations. The papier-mâché items ranges from jewellery boxes to mirror frames, a range of intricately carved walnut …

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Kashmiri Namda

Kashmiri Namda: the felted woolen carpet, is a common winter flooring in Kashmir. It is inexpensive, affordable and long lasting, if stored properly. History reveals that about 60,000 Namdas were produced each year in Kashmir. These were not only used in Valley but exported to Europe, America, Australia and Japan. “Two decades earlier about 90% of this carpet production was …

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Shawls ‘most feminine and graceful’

The Empress Josephine did nothing by half-measures. She was so mad about roses, she had more than 250 varieties in her garden at Malmaison, her collection of jewelry is reputed to have been larger and more magnificent than that of any other queen and she was such a devoted collector of the “new” fashion, the Indian shawl, she owned hundreds …

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Creative Twins Refaz Ahmad Wani and Ishfaq Ahmad Wani, 17-year-old twin brothers, are unlike other youngsters in their neighborhood. They look alike, think differently, and work together as a team. Fascinated by innovative ideas since childhood, the inquisitive brothers always wanted to make new things. Hailing from the remote Wandewalgam village in Kokernag town of south Kashmir, some 80 kms away …

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