In Kashmir the Chinar trees are considered one of the region's natural treasures. The Chinar leaf design is hand painted on this square, lidded box by artisans with disabilities in an organisation called Care Kashmir.
This box will be useful on your work desk for office accessories or equally useful on your coffee table filled with chocolates or in the bedroom for trinkets, jewellery or loose change. Use it with joy knowing it is made in a fair trade organisation.
Every purchase helps to keep an artisans with disabilities employed in Kashmir and helps to keep their skills alive. To know more about Care Kashmir see below.
Material: wood, water based poster paints tested as safe. Water based varnish.
Care: Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
FOB Price: US$ 3.40 Euro 3.00
The members of Care Kashmir are practicing the traditional craft of papier-mâché and leather work using traditional crewel and Aari embroidery for decoration. Each craftsman is an artist either with brush or needle.
Papier-mâché and leather work using crewel and Aari embroidery for decoration are traditional crafts in Kashmir. The artisans of Care Kashmir paint and embroider the beauty of their natural surroundings into boxes, trays, Christmas decorations and suede leather bags.
All the papier-mâché products are made from paper paste set into moulds, dried and then smoothed for painting by hand using fine brushes and safe paints. In the cold days of winter thousands of little painted products may be laid out before gas heaters to dry in the frigid air each one a testimony to the skills of the artists.
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