Srinagar Shines as World Craft City

Sheikhzada Daniyal
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Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has been officially recognized as a ‘World Craft City’ by the World Craft Council. This prestigious honor underscores the city’s rich heritage and the exceptional skills of its artisans.

The declaration has sparked a surge in tourist interest, with visitors flocking to downtown Srinagar. Tourists are witnessing the intricate processes behind Kashmir’s famed crafts. Tourists from around the world are eager to experience the making of Pashmina shawls, hand-knotted carpets and intricately carved walnut woodwork.

Travel agents have included craft tours in their packages, catering to the growing demand. Henceforth, foreigners, in particular, are drawn to the city’s vibrant markets and workshops, eager to immerse themselves in the culture and heritage of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the recognition has also boosted the morale of local artisans and craft associations. They believe this will revive interest in traditional crafts and provide sustainable livelihoods for thousands of skilled workers.

Director of Handicrafts and Handloom, Mahmood Ahmad Shah, highlights the significance of the title, stating:

  • “This title will put Srinagar on the global map as a premier craft destination, showcasing our rich cultural heritage and traditional craftsmanship.”
  • “The recognition will benefit the entire industry, including artisans, weavers, and craftspeople, providing a boost to the local economy.”
  • “With increased global visibility, Srinagar’s exquisite crafts will gain international recognition, attracting buyers, designers, and collectors from around the world.”
  • “New markets will open up, offering opportunities for artisans to showcase their skills, expand their customer base, and increase their earnings.”
  • “This title will also help preserve our cultural heritage, as the demand for traditional crafts will encourage the next generation to learn and master these skills.”
  • “We envision Srinagar becoming a hub for cultural exchange, where artisans can share their expertise and learn from international experts, further enriching our craft traditions.”

The World Craft City designation is a testament to the hard work and exceptional talent of Srinagar’s artisans. It highlights the cultural richness of the city and its commitment to preserving traditional crafts. As Srinagar shines on the world stage, its artisans stand proud, ready to showcase their exceptional skills and contribute to the city’s vibrant cultural landscape.

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