Paper Machie

Paper Machie is one of the unique crafts in the entire world. Paper Machie objects are usually used for decoration. However some objects can be of household use too. To make a papermachie object, paper is usually soaked, pulped and pasted layer by layer over a mould. A mixture of chalk and glue is then pasted upon.

The whole mixture upon drying is painted in different and delicate motifs and designs with beautiful colours. The result is a delicate and classic piece of paper machie object. This craft requires great degree of skill, training and practice. Kashmiri Paper-machie is a handicraft of Kashmir that was brought by Muslims from Persia in the 15th century. It is based primarily on paper pulp, and is a richly decorated, colourful artefact generally in the form of vases, bowls, or cups (with and without metal rims), boxes, trays, bases of lamps, and many other small objects.

These are made in homes, and workshops in Srinagar, and other parts of the Kashmir Valley and then are marketed. Although there is a significant international market for these products. The product is protected under the Geographic Indication Act 1999 of Government of India, and was registered by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks during the period from April 2011 to March 2012 under the title "Kashmir Paper Machie”.

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