Iqbal Ahmad

The art of traditional flooring is fading from the scene!

The art of traditional flooring is fading from the scene!

Besides the traditional flooring including Patej and Wagu about which I have discussed, in my last column, the art of Gabba making was too a fine tradition in Kashmir and it also seems meeting the same fate as the previous ones. It had a very special place among the customary floorings that were homemade and […]

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The abysmal state of traditional Mat manufacturing in Kashmir 

The abysmal state of traditional Mat manufacturing in Kashmir 

The domestic industry in Kashmir, better known as Kashmir handicrafts, has lost its pristine glory and traditional touch as several crafts have disappeared from the markets, while many others are dying fast. There are several reasons responsible for the decay but, truly speaking, I am not writing this column to discuss those reasons as I […]

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The forgotten art of Paper making

The forgotten art of Paper making

The Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums is organizing a workshop on paper making and calligraphy at SPS Museum Srinagar. This is very interesting event where perhaps for the first time a   demonstration would be given on traditional art of paper making, though  there have been workshops   on the art of calligraphy earlier as well.  […]

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Pharan and Kanger

Pharan and Kanger

With the change in the social fabric of the society with as many modern influences hovering over it as ever, people of Kashmir stick to the tradition when it comes to Pheran (typical Kashmiri gown for winters) and Kangri (traditional fire pot). Give credit to the lack of basic facilities like electricity and heat technology […]

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Preserving the Historic documents

Preserving the Historic documents

Preservation of human records means preserving the history.   There are plenty of ancient written records available in Kashmir, but unfortunately these records are scattered and kept in hazardous manner in various olden institutes of the state.  The state archival repositories, libraries   museums and several private institutions and individuals have these ancient records. These records need […]

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Preserving Aliabad sarai

Preserving Aliabad sarai

Aliabad  is not any village or town , it simply  a meadow in the internal stretch  of panchal  lying  on the historic Mughal highway  which  connects  Poonch and Rajouri districts with Kashmir valley. There are no permanent   settlers  found anywhere in the Aliabad  stretch , but as records  say  there was once a hamlet of […]

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Calligraphy a forgotten art

Calligraphy a forgotten art

In ancient times, when paper was not available to the literate class, they used to produce their writings in engraved form, on rocks, stones, coins etc. Later on when paper was invented, doors were left open for calligraphists to meet their needs and exhibit their artistic skill.  After centuries together, writing appeared on paper. Initially […]

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The early days of the vale!

The early days of the vale!

Much has been written and said about the pre-historic cultures of Kashmir and it is widely believed that man of that period had been living a nomadic style of life and used the natural caves as shelters. During the last few decades Archaeologists have discovered few ancient cave settlements. They have also found the tools […]

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Preserving the Reshi order Architecture

Preserving the Reshi order Architecture

The wooden shrines of Kashmir are basically associated with the tombs of Sufi and Reshi saints of this land; these are called as ‘Astana’ and have been raised over the graves of famous saints and sages. Most of these sites are found in rural and forest areas of the valley as these were the places […]

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The mysterious Pavements

The mysterious Pavements

Kashmir is a place of great fables, folklore and rich archeological history besides other things. There are marvelous architectural pieces and great historical monuments that have attracted world renowned historians, archeologists and other experts from centuries now. However amidst all this, there are few sites and few constructions that remain mysteries till date. These sites […]

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