Srinagar, April 24: In order to get an idea of the measures taken to improve the skill set of traditional craftsmen with innovative design techniques in line with changing market demands, in addition to expanding the scope of market linkages to improve their socio-economic conditions, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad paid a visit to the Museum of Handicrafts, School of Design in Kashmir Haat here on Sunday.
On occasion, the DC and craftsmen toured the Handicrafts Museum and inspected different compartments housing a collection of antique items from several Kashmiri traditions, including Kani shawls, papier-mache, sozni embroidery, copperware, namdha and carpets. He also got a glimpse of the features of live demonstrations of Kashmiri handicrafts such as Wicker Willow, Copperware, Turquoise Dinnerware, Walnut Wood Carving, Tapestry, Tila Embroidery, etc. .
He also visited the Design Development Institute, which works to create innovative designs in traditional craftsmanship.
On occasion, the DC has asked interested parties to submit a proposal to run short-term crash courses for craftspeople to familiarize them with modern market-driven design developments in line with heritage and culture. traditional. He also instructed them to explore better market avenues outside of Jammu and Kashmir, besides facilitating sale with exhibition to raise the standard of living of artisans by improving economic conditions.
While acknowledging the skills of craftsmen associated with Copperware, the DC said there was a need for craftsmen to learn new skills that help them produce better crafted designs to keep up with changing market demands. He said training through crash courses will also help them learn new skills and improve those that artisans already have. He said
Coppersmithing is not only one of the basic trades, but it is acclaimed in the national and international market for different public services.
The DC assured the craftsmen to provide all possible support from the district administration in proper hand holding through different government programs to promote authentic handmade copperware. He also said that the task of identifying misbranding and other activities aimed at distorting the portrayal of original Kashmiri craftsmanship will be taken on by the Quality Control Division on a priority basis.
The DC said that Kashmir has one of the richest handicraft traditions, especially Srinagar city is the center of this centuries-old rich handicraft culture which must be preserved and a vibrant link of industry with the market must be established.
Director of Planning, Mohammad Yaseen Lone, Deputy Director of Handicrafts, Mirza Shahid, Chief Designer, School of Design, Aamina Asad, Mission Youth representative and other relevant officers, in addition to a group of craftsmen associated with Shahar e Khaas Copperware accompanied the DC during his visit.