Meaning of Zaina
Zaina comes from the name of one of the oldest bridges in Kashmir called Zaina Kadal, on river Jhelum. The area around it became a market for Kashmiri handicrafts and to us it means a bridge between the Kashmiri artisan stories and the rest of the world.
Zaina also means beauty –invoking the natural wonder of the valley of Kashmir. Every artisan gets their inspiration from it to give their work a unique depth.
Craft In Focus - Papier Mache Naqashi
It’s the art of surface decoration on an object made of papier mache. A naqash is a craftsperson skilled at intricately hand painting boxes, trays, jewelry, and anything made using papier mache. Brought to Kashmir in the 15th century, this traditional art form is as popular today as it was in the days of the kings and queens.
Crafts of Kashmir by Zaina
Every detail, hand painted
Vibrant Kashmir in every stitch
Carving a better future
Our endeavor is to bring unique and high-quality craftsmanship from Kashmir directly to you. Each product or artefact is painstakingly handcrafted using age old techniques and traditions that come straight from the Kashmiri artisans’ heart. With this initiative, we aim to not only revive their craft but also provide them new livelihood opportunities to reach global markets.