A book charting the history of Kashmiri crafts and detailing its myriad aspects has been launched by Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi and politician Karan Singh.
Titled “The Living Art and Craft Tradition of Jammu and Kashmir” it has been authored by Textile Conservationist Madhu Jain.
Jain began work on a Government of India-commissioned Kashmir project. The long-term objective of the project was to restore employment lifelines to local Kashmiri artisans by sourcing, developing, marketing and popularising Kashmiri handicrafts in India and abroad.
Over the course of the project, she mixed traditional and contemporary design in Kashmiri handicrafts, and presented it to leading museums in New York — The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, American Museum of Natural History, and Rubin Museum of Art.
The book was launched at Hyaat Regency on Friday evening.