The handicrafts of Jammu & Kashmir Handicrafts include some vibrant hand-made crafts, which symbolize the cultural significance of the state. The craftsmen of Jammu and Kashmir have mastered in making items like carpets, baskets, wall hangings, shawls and much more. The handicraft industry of the state is thriving and it provides employment to a large mass of local people of the valley.
Papier mache is a very old form of handicrafts in Jammu & Kashmir, which is equally popular in the state. The original art of papier mache, which uses original gold painted items are quite expensive. However, there are many replicas being created and sold in local market at low prices as well.
Sozni (or suzani) embroidery is a style of embroidery from the Jammu and Kashmir region in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent. The motifs are created in satin stitch and are worked identically on both sides of the cloth, but sometimes in different colours (for example, the dominant colour may be red on one side and blue on the other). This type of work/stitch is sometimes called Dorukha.
The most popular motifs consists of abstract geometric designs, stylised flowers, as well as paisley patterns. They are normally worked in one or two colours, or very occasionally three colours. Sometimes the ground cloth is woven in such a manner (such as with a compound weave) that it has different, dominant colours on either side of the material, to complement the different colours of the embroidery threads.
Sozni embroidery is, among others, used especially to decorate shawls, especially for the panels along the side of the cloth.