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Papier-mache – the term originally derived from French word “Papya masha” meaning molded pulp. As the name indicates pulp is the most important ingredient used in the manufacture of papier-mache objects. It is molded by a special technique into all sorts of objects and decorated to the height of art and aesthetics.

You name the object and it is ready in papier-mache with exuberant colors, designs and finesse. Lamps, Flower vases, Jewel boxes, Christmas Balls …. list is endless. Kashmiri papier-mache objects are known world over for their finesse and durability. Exuberant Colors blended in real gold and silver are used to decorate these items and the coating of special varnish protect the surface while the interiors is all made of brass in the items that are meant to contain water like the flower vases. A single Papier-mache object bears a full story of entire kingdom in a pictographic design while most of the flora and fauna show in many designs.

Kashmiri papier-mâché objects encompass a wide range of items, each crafted with intricate detail and traditional techniques. Here are some common types of papier-mâché objects found in Kashmir:

  1. Decorative Boxes: Papier-mâché boxes are perhaps the most iconic and widely recognized Kashmiri papier-mâché objects. These boxes are often adorned with colorful motifs, intricate patterns, and delicate designs. They come in various shapes and sizes and are used for storing jewelry, keepsakes, spices, and other small items.
  2. Vases and Bowls: Papier-mâché vases and bowls are another popular category of Kashmiri papier-mâché objects. These items are meticulously handcrafted and painted with floral patterns, geometric designs, or scenes from nature. They serve as elegant décor pieces for homes and are often displayed on shelves, mantels, or tables.
  3. Christmas Ornaments: Kashmiri artisans also produce papier-mâché Christmas ornaments, which are delicately painted with festive designs such as snowflakes, stars, angels, and reindeer. These ornaments add a touch of Kashmiri craftsmanship to holiday decorations and are sought after for their unique beauty.
  4. Figurines and Sculptures: Papier-mâché figurines and sculptures are crafted to depict characters from Kashmiri folklore, mythology, or daily life. These pieces showcase intricate details, vibrant colors, and exquisite craftsmanship. They are often used as decorative items, collectibles, or souvenirs, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir.
  5. Masks: Papier-mâché masks hold significant cultural and artistic importance in Kashmir. These masks are used in traditional Kashmiri folk theater, particularly in the performance of “Bhand Pather” plays. They depict various characters, including gods, demons, animals, and historical figures, and are known for their bold colors and exaggerated features.
  6. Trays and Plates: Papier-mâché trays and plates are crafted with decorative motifs and patterns, making them both functional and aesthetically pleasing. These items are often used for serving food and beverages or as decorative accents in homes.
  7. Jewelry: Papier-mâché jewelry, including earrings, bangles, and necklaces, is also crafted in Kashmir. These pieces are adorned with intricate designs and vibrant colors, showcasing the artistry and skill of Kashmiri artisans.
  8. Miniature Art: Some Kashmiri artisans create miniature papier-mâché objects such as animals, birds, fruits, and vegetables. These miniature artworks display remarkable attention to detail and are prized for their intricacy and charm.

These are just a few examples of the diverse range of papier-mâché objects produced in Kashmir, each reflecting the region’s rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions.


Pill Box, Meter Box, Coasters, Mirror, Letter Rack, Flower Vase, Lamp, Balls, Bells, Eggs, Animals, Fruit Bowl, Ring Box, Wall Plate

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