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Famed worldwide, the handicrafts of this region are executed with love and care, and are reflective of the interpretation of an aesthetic idiom.

Kashmiri shawls have been renowned since several centuries and were once the pride of the French queen, Marie Antoinette. European ladies of court favoured these rare shawls. The most famous of these is the Jameawar shawl, made of soft pashmina wool and covered with fine and lacy embroidery. So soft is the Shahtush shawl, that it can be passed through a ring. And the embroidered phiran, a woollen cloak worn by women, too carries fine embroidery on it.

Equally well known is the art of carpetmaking with its exquisite Persian motifs handknotted in subdued, but warm colours, on wool and silk. Floor coverings also include namdas, gabbas and chain-stitch rugs made of thick wool and felted in the form of a rug.

Papier mache handicrafts from Kashmir make excellent souvenirs. Light in weight, yet colourful, and very artistic, these are interpreted lay artisans in the form of wall hangings, boxes, bowls, vases and lamps. Floral motifs occupy the surface of all papier mache handicrafts. Equally intricate is the carving on Kashmiri woodwork and furniture, chiefly walnut, but also in teak and rosewood. Patterned into heavy furniture, or into trays, boxes, tables and cigarette-cases, they make use of the chinar motif in the carving, just as the shawl-maker and the carpet--weaver.

Other Kashmiri handicrafts include silverware and jewellery, as well as silk fabrics, and woollen fabrics, chiefly patto (tweed) and Patti (milled blankets).
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