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Recently, the Prime Minister shared about the revival and growth of centuries old ‘Namda Craft’ from Kashmir.
About Namda Craft
The art of producing Namda is a centuries-old traditional craft that has been handed down through the generations in the valley.
- Namda are felted rugs that are made by enmeshing wool fibers with water, soap and pressure and then embroidering the resultant fabric.
- These are extensively used in Kashmiri households as an effective and inexpensive floor covering and mattress.
- The art of making Namda goes through several stages and requires skilled craftsmanship that has been handed down through generations.
- The process of making Namda involves various steps such as carding, creating the border, the creation of a layer, sprinkling soap solution, rolling the Namda, drying and finally, the Aari work.
- Despite the exquisite beauty of Namda, the tradition is threatened as there are fewer skilled craftsmen who have experience in this art form.
- Additionally, the modernization of carpets and the emergence of cheap imitations also contributed to its decline.
- Younger generations seem less interested in learning this ancient craft as a result of modern trends.