Namda: A traditional craft from Kashmir finds new life in the global market

Over the past four years, the handicraft industry of Jammu and Kashmir has been undergoing a breathtaking revival, with the long-forgotten ‘Namda’ art making a triumphant comeback. The concerted efforts of the Union Territory government to uplift traditional crafts have proven to be a game-changer, infusing new life into local artisans and garnering heartfelt recognition for their dedication. Namda craft, involving the creation of sheep wool rugs through felting techniques rather than conventional weaving, had faced a steep decline in its export between 1998 and 2008. Factors such as scarce…

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