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House Boxes, Canister, Paint Buckets, Round Boxes, Square Boxes, Twist Top Boxes, Small House Boxes, Animal Critters, Knobbles, Mannequins, Pick - Its, Small sets, Shallow Boxes, Craft Keepsakes - you name it and you have it. The Paper Mache Products have a wide variety made out of them.

Paper Mache Products are those which are made entirely of paper and its products. Angles, Boxes, Frames and Ornaments are made up of Paper Mache Products. Paper Mache is a French Word meaning Chewed Up Paper. It is the construction Material which contains pieces of paper, stucked together using a paste. The basic idea of Paper Mache or Cardboard is to make three dimensional objects. Started in the European Countries in the year 1725, this art form has crossed seas to reach various countries. India is one such country.

However, the Kashmiri Papier Mache is a popular Handicraft. The art of Papier Mache is the most sought as Kashmiri Souvenier. Painted in bright color, depicting the beauty of Kashmiri Flowers, it is one of the best things one can buy from Kashmir. The Kashmiri Paper Mache products are quite popular in European Countries, South Asian Countries, Saudi Arabia and USA.

Kashmiri Papier Mache was started in Kashmir in the 15th Century by the Kashmiri Prince who spent years in Samarkand Jail. This art born in Persia, came to lands of India through Mughal Empire. The Kashmiri Papier Mache involves the use paper pulp for creating articrafts painted by experts. The images created are of flowers, maples and motifs.
Fast Facts
» Best Quality Found : Kashmir
» Traditional Use : Both Commercial and Non - Commercial
» To be Used In: Toys, Tables, Table Lamps, Vases, Decoration Pieces, Gifts
» Where to Shop: All major and commercial cities

Kashmiri Souvnirs
Kashmir Souvenirs:
Kashmiri Papier Mache is one of the best Kashmiri Souveniers you can buy. Don't forget to pick your choice once you are in Kashmir.

Kashmiri Home
The House Hold :
House Hold furnishings like Tables, Almirahs, Table Lamps are a part of Kashmiri Papier Mache. It another way of designing your home.

Kashmiri Papiermache
Crafting of Kashmiri Papier Mache

Kashmiri Paper Mache Designs are made on boxes, table lamps, handloom products and such decorative items. For making any Kashmiri Paper Mache, there are three steps. Firstly, the paper mache is soaked in water till it begins to disintegrate. Then an adhesive is added to the solution. Then the blend is shaped over moulds. Once these moulds are set, these are then kept to get dried. Lastly, these are printed and then varnished.

Mostly, bright colors like black, gold, red, dark pink, dark blue and magenta are used to color the motifs. The finishing has to be smooth to give the colorful finish. Papier-mache products with pure gold leaf are costlier than bronze dust or gold poster paint.

The Price range of Kashmiri Paper Mache begins from Rs 400/ - and can go as high as Rs 40,000. The higher ranges are for the products like Studying Tables, Showcases, Large Showpieces.

  • Kashmiri Papier Mache are the sole entity of Kashmir. It is not made anywhere else in India. So if you want to have the real form, buy it from Kashmir.
  • Kashmiri Papier Mache is exported to other Indian States like Goa, New Delhi and Agra where you can purchase them.
  • The best way of buying Kashmiri Paper Mache is to buy from Kashmiri Emporiums, if you are outside Kashmir. In Kashmir, you can buy them from anywhere - all of them are authentic.
  • Kashmiri Papier Mache though done on wood, is a delicate work. Care has to be taken so that there are no scratches on it. However, these can be used for daily use as the base is hard wood and not paper.
  • Products of Kashmiri Papier Mache have various use. Table lamps, wooden box, pencil box, jewelry box, study table, Storage places, pens - and more are made of Paper Mache.
  • The price range of Kashmiri Papier Mache ranges from Rs 400/- and goes upto Rs 40,000/- as per the quality of work done.
  • Ask the local dealer for the current prices.

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