Mahum Shabir graduated from Harvard College in 2011, having studied Government and Visual and Environmental Studies. While interning with papier-machie artisans in downtown Srinagar during college, the incredible skill of the artisans, the rich heritage of craft in Kashmir and the massive challenges faced by artisans working in an unorganized sector prompted her to start Crafted in Kashmir after graduating. She hopes to bring contemporary Kashmiri craftsmanship with a unique internationalism to customers all over the world while building resilience in artisan communities at the grassroots.
Mir Suhail is a young artist based in Kashmir, most widely known for his dark political cartoons. With 10 years of experience and an array of national and international awards under his belt, he is working to capture the many artistic possibilities offered by the medium of the weave. Previously, he has combined his education in Fine Arts and his talents in product design to work with leather artisans in his native Chattabal. In his role as the Creative Head, he has pioneered the use of war motifs on handcrafted scarves and has received immense applause from customers all over the world.
Weavers of Eidgah & Kanihama:
around 50 weavers work with us through household-level small businesses located in the Eidgah area of Srinagar and the village of Kanihama in the Magam region of Kashmir. The weavers, mostly men, practice traditional ‘Kani’ and ‘Sada’ weaving. Crafted in Kashmir urges artisans to organize in small workshops to ensure high quality products through constant monitoring. Please see our Blog
to learn more about the weavers who with us.
Spinners of Chattabal
is a group of 30 Kashmiri women who practice the art of handcombing, spininning cashmere in the Chattabal area of Srinagar. The goal of the group is to preserve this dying art by ensuring a fair wage and stable employment for women involved in its practice. Crafted in Kashmir hopes to organize such women into the world’s first cashmere spinners collective in the future. Please see our Blog
to learn more about the spinners who work with us.
Artists of Hawal:
we work with one family of papier-mâché
artists in the Hawal area of Srinagar to create sustainable packaging materials for our scarves. This forms a small but important aspect of our work to create a product experience embedded in local knowledge and aesthetic. Please see our Blog to learn more about the artists who work with us.