The art of Khatamband and Panjrakari

The art of Khatamband and Panjrakari

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A decorated Khatmband ceiling in Srinagar, Kashmir. By Muheet ul Islam Kashmiri cultural life exhibits a unique intermingling of traditions from the age of Buddha to the Mughal dynasty.  In an age where nothing ever remained the same, the Mughals came to the valley and started spreading their religion, culture and trade. This included their art and craft, which consisted of paper mache, new types of wood carving, chain stitching and food. After the Mughal rule came to an end in 1753 AD, the Kashmiris capitalized on Mughal art and craft, making it a part of their culture. The craft passed

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