Upholders of a rich and exquisite art, these people are living examples of human achievements par excellence. To get a perspective into their lives, we need to go back a few hundred years to the beginnings of this art. Introduced by the Mughals who ruled India in the 17th century, their forefathers were trained in this art to embellish winter wear which was the “Shawl”, a contemporary and chic fashion garment even today.

This traditional art has journeyed through the centuries, seen dynasties come and go, life styles change and development alter the shape of existence completely. In the face of these changes, it has remained unchanged. The tools and techniques remain the same as they were when the story began. These karigars are taught the skills within the family and grow up imbibing this art. They work up to 8 hours in a day, fingers deftly racing across and creating magic on fabric.

It remains a male dominated vocation, one in which women are also given the “taleem” (education) but become involved if economic necessity demands. Otherwise they tend to household jobs and look after the children.

G.H. Rasool


Ghulam Mohd Dar

Firdous Ahmad

Mohd. Yousaf

Mohd Yusuf Zargar