offers numerous shopping attractions to its visitors.
The amazing handicrafts of the valley of Kashmir truly
match its scenic beauty. A tour to Kashmir will leave
you mesmerized not only with the beauty of the state,
but also with its remarkable arts and crafts. A
reflection of the colorful life of the Kashmiris,
Kashmiri handicrafts are usually made by the women
folk of the family.
all its idiosyncrasies, is a shopper’s paradise. A
wide variety of handicraft products are available for
the tourists to take back as souvenirs. Significantly
enough each district in Jammu and Kashmir has its own
shopping knick knacks.
What is Shopping ?
The Kashmir valley is known for its shawls throughout the
world. Kashmir shawls are mainly of three types- wool,
pashmina and shahtoosh. They differ on the basis of the
fabric used to make them. Simultaneously, all these shawls
differ to a great extent in their prices also.
Silk and Tweeds
Kashmir silk and tweed are some of the items that are
invariably high on the shopping list of all those coming
to the Kashmir valley. Infact, sericulture and tweed
weaving counts amongst the important occupations of the
Carpets and rugs-
Available in silk and wool, the carpet weaving history
in Kashmir dates back to the 13th century. These hand
weaved carpets are known as Taleem. The woolen ones are
weaved on a base of warp and tuft while the silk carpets
have a base of cotton.
Papier Mache- made from paper pulp, which is later
varnished and lacquered, the papier mache come in vibratnt
colors. Christmas decorations, vases, boxes of papier
mache are worth their price Walnut wood products- the
walnut wood furniture and showpieces have a design
characteristic to the Kashmir valley and are famous for
their intricate carvings.
Copper and silverware- jewelery, trinkets, vases, show
pieces, cigarette cases, utensils made of copper, brass
and silver are intricately carved
Walnuts, Almonds, Honey
Pampore, near Srinagar, is the only place in the world
besides Spain where saffron is grown.
The crocus sativus plant, which blooms for a brief
month in the year, has six golden stamens and one crimson
one. It is the crimson stamen which when collected and
dried that forms saffron and is referred to as the most
expensive spice in the world. Sealed jars of this spice,
with the government laboratory's stamp of approval, are
available all over Srinagar. When buying loose saffron,
sampling one strand is enough, for the flavour and
fragrance of saffron are unmistakable.
The climate of Kashmir is ideal for walnut and almond
trees, which grow here in abundance. Natural honey too, is
a produce of the apiaries, which abound in the state.
Kashmiri handicrafts are known for their uniqueness
and work far and wide. Some of the handicraft items of
Kashmir have even earned global recognition. The Pashmina
shawls of Kashmir are one of such handicraft items that
are famous throughout the world. Have a look at some of
the main shopping attractions of Jammu and Kashmir include
Carpets, Papier-mache, Shawls, Silk and Tweeds, Woodwork,
Pherans, Brass, Copper and Silverware, Wall hangings with
naqqashi work, Chain Stitch Embroidery, Saris Cricket
Bats, Wicker baskets, Crewel Furnishings, Namdas etc.
The wooden carvings of Kashmir are quite popular
throughout the country. The exquisite woodcarvings are
proof of the skill and talent of the traditional craftsmen