Care Kashmir send us pictures of the weather up there now

Weather in Kashmir (Photo credit to Kashmir Times)
Sajad Ali from Care Kashmir who make our wonderful handpainted, papier-mâché gift boxes sent the attached Kashmir Times picture to show us the weather there today. In homes that are not centrally heated this kind of weather is uncomfortable. Sajad told me that he heats his home with a bottled gas heater, even so I can guess that sitting quite still doing this delicate painting must be rather cold. Care Kashmir products

Heavy snowfall brought down major powerlines in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) this year too and there are hours and hours of power cuts. Our Designer and Design Intern are in Leh, another part of J and K, and they tell me there is no power at all during the day just from 5.30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Thank heavens for mobile phones because e-mails to them would be out of the question during working hours.

Hot, hot, hot in the south and cold, cold, cold in the north, our artisans have to cope with a lot!