• 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...
  • Sameer Designs - A Tale of Two Brothers Resurrecting The Crewel Embroidery

    Sameer Designs - A Tale of Two Brothers Resurrecting The Crewel Embroidery

    If I had to explain my meeting with Ishfaq in a single phrase, I would say,“loyalty towards the craft”.Ishfaq and Sameer employ around 100 artisans, 80%of them being women across various districts.  They pay them fair wages, unlike the big guns in the market. The difference is so huge that while an artisan get600 Rupees per piece in the local markets, at Sameer Designs...
  • Manzoor - A Stroke of Hand in a World of Machines

    It is the lanes of Noorbagh that a group of Aari artisans lives, works and crafts skilled pieces of brilliance. The group is headed by Manzoor Sahib, a 62 year old gentleman, clad in a grey phiran made of tweed. He meets me at the gate of his workshop, Karkhana as he calls it. Manzoor Sahab  has established his workshop in an old battered...
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