Gulmarg to play host to a ‘craft mela’ , a unique handicraft exhibition showcasing the exquisite art and craft of Kashmir. The exhibition has been put together jointly by the office of the Development Commissioner Handlooms Government of India & Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms Kashmir.
The Director Handicrafts & Handlooms Kashmir Mahmood Ahmad Shah inaugurated the exhibition in presence of the officers of the Tourism Department, Gulmarg Development Authority and J&K cable Car project.
Speaking on the occasion the Director H&H Kashmir expressed that the Exhibition will give artisans a suitable marketing platform to sell their beautiful products directly to the buyers and further will give the tourists visiting Gulmarg an opportunity to get a glimpse of the rich art and craft of Kashmir.
The Director expressed that this exhibition will appeal to the connoisseur and the consumer alike as our skilled artisans have been giving creative expression to their rich folklore through this medium for centuries.
The special attraction of the ongoing exhibition that is attracting the visitors is the live demonstration of the various crafts including spinning and Kani.
The 14-day exhibition will showcase the finest crafts from Kashmir including Pashmina, Kani and other crafts. Gulmarg Exhibition is the second physical exhibition of the year 2022 that has been organized by the Department of H&H Kashmir within the UT this year.
The department is conscious of the fact that the inventory of the artisans has piled up due to COVID pandemic and platforms like this will be provided to the artisans both within and outside the UT so as to sell their products.
The Department is also participating in a big way in the forthcoming SurajKund Crafts Mela slated to be held at Haryana from 19th this month.
Department is also organizing another 15 days exhibition of similar nature at Pahalgam scheduled to be held from 22nd March, 2022.