• The Genius of Ghulam Nabi Dar

    The Genius of Ghulam Nabi Dar

    I observe him working on a box, the elaborate detailing of which leaves me totally awestruck. He captures even the tiniest veins of a leaf with a whole multitude of tools which he sifts through to find the best fit. Chunks of walnut wood come off as he strikes the box, digging out the famous undercut.H e carefully brushes them away, his face focused...
  • Nisar Ahmed - Reviving the Craft of Kashmiri Turquoise

    “The craft of Turquoise or Ferozi originated in Iran and was to Kashmir somewhere in the 19th century. This craft has been deeply entrenched into my family for generations altogether. My grandfather learned it from a famous Karkhana near Jamia Masjid. From skilled artisans who were called Joras. In those times the Turquoise stone was imported all the way from Iran. After India gained...
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