About the Craft: A signature craft and the beauty representing Kashmir’s intricacies, Kashida embroidery is characterised heavily by imagery pertaining to nature, flower patterns and vines across carpets, rugs, tapestries and clothing. The designs often range from Persian to French, from Chinar leaves to hunting scenes and many colorful and bright variants of scenes from Kashmir.
About the Artist: Abdul Rashid is practicing craftsman for 47 years in the field of Kashmiri chain stitch rugs and carpets. Having learnt the art from his father, a master craftsmen himself, he now supports and works with more than 44 artisans. .Abdul Rashid made these rugs on “hessian cloth” or handmade cloth, in continued stitch with superior woolen or silken yarn, with the help of a hook type tool natively called “Aurah”. His designs range from floral patterns to animals and human forms. These embroideries are carried out with two-ply or three ply wool/silken yarn.