Kashmiri embroidery is as rich as Kashmir’s contoured beauty. It is an artwork of the finest threads woven on the finest bases with utmost intricacy. These embroideries exhibit the charm that stays true to its quintessence while contemporising it with the present-day perspective.
Motifs crafted on wearables are usually those inspired from the Persian culture but have been modified with time in a bespoke demeanour. The most popular designs are Rose, Chinar and Almond. Other types of motifs are Cypress, Gul E Noor Jahan (a flower liked by Noor Jehan), Roses (GulabKan), Narcissus (Yumberzal), Chinar (Chinar Leaf), Lotus (Pamposh) and Vine (Dachh). These are most frequently used.
Calligraphy too is used in embroidery forms.
The rich fauna of the valley can also be spotted in some pieces. Popular motifs are lions, deer, bulbuls, ducks. Some wearables even host human figures.
Kashmir’s handicraft sector flourishes with exquisitely crafted pieces. Be it embroidery, Pashmina making, Papier Mache work, and many other forms of art. Kashmir never fails to disappoint the tourists, the lovers of art and people with the most discerning taste. Regardless of which embroidery one picks for his apparel, Kashmiri handwork designs are timeless and become the soul of the fabric on which they are crafted.
Motifs are often inspired by the floral blooms of the local gardens and art. A single piece can take months to complete. The piece so crafted is rare, luxurious and a heirloom that can be passed from one generation to the next.