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    Shopping in Kashmir

Kashmir 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.

Kashmir with 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 ?


Shawls
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 Kashmiris.

Carpets and rugs-
A
vailable 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.
Namdas

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

 

Saffron, Walnuts, Almonds, Honey
Pampore, near Srinagar, is the only place in the world besides Spain where saffron is grown.

The crocus sativus p
lant, 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.


Woodwork

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 of Kashmir.

 

 

 

 

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