History of Paper mâché in Kashmir

Artisan Work

Paper mâché is one of the most popular crafts practiced in Kashmir. The tradition of Paper mâché in Kashmir has its origin rooted in the 15th century, when King Zain ur Abideen invited many accomplished artists and craftsmen from Central Asia. Honest's Paper mâché baubles are made by our team of exceptionally skilled artistsans. Our products are made from a unique combination of designs and colour which is practiced on a variety of moulded objects. Our artists use the traditional technique to form the products. This beautiful technique involves the method of mixing paper pulp with water which is later given the shape of the mould. As the pulp is dried, it is removed from the clay mould, giving the desired shape, cut into forms and glued together. 

Artists then start the decoration of the baubles on the smoothened surface. The colours used are made from organic pigments (plants and minerals), diluted in water and painted on the surface of the object. Once decorated, the products are then giving lacquer coating which protects them from any water damage and gives extra durability. The finished masterpiece reflects the keen attention to detail and sheer effort put in to produce such extraordinary aesthetic work. 

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