5 Souvenirs every Tourist should buy from Kashmir

Art and Culture, Travel

Kashmir is undoubtedly one of the beautiful places in the world. The mesmerising snow clad mountains, gushing waterfalls and unending pasture lands are some of the unique features of this land of saints. People of Kashmir have kept their age old tradition of hospitality, culture and traditions alive. There are many things which are very unique in Kashmir and to keep the memories of your visit for a long time here are my five recommended products which one can buy from this heavenly place as souvenirs.

Shawl: A souvenir of life time

Shawl can be one of the best gifts from the valley of Kashmir. It come in three variants including woollen, shahtoosh and the most expensive one being pashmina.

Woollen are the budget shawls but are popular because of the embroidery works on it. The price of the woollen shawl depends upon the embroidery and the type of wool used. This shawl is usually know as the raffel in Kashmir.

Shahtoosh Shawl remains impressively soft, light and warm. It is a legendary shawl which can pass through your ring. This is comparatively expensive as compared to the woollen shawl. The price once again would depend upon the art of embroidery on it.

Among all the most expensive and adorable being the Pashmina shawl made from the hair of Ibex found in the highlands of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of 14000 feet above sea level. Pure Pashmina is quite expensive but the other variants with the mix of wool or rabbit fur can be at relatively low price. Most exquisite embroidery is being executed on pashmina making it the expensive shawl of all kinds. Some time the entire shawl is being is covered which is called as Jamawar in Kashmir.

A Kashmiri Shawl with Jamawar embroidery / SilkRouteTraveller / tribune.com.pk
A Kashmiri Shawl with Jamawar embroidery / SilkRouteTraveller / tribune.com.pk
Give yourself a Kashmiri touch with silk

Kashmir is home to some of the best silk products in the world including rugs, kelims, antique tribal carpets and crewel furnishings and most these products are hand made. While buying these silk products can be a life time memory back in your respective homes.

Kashmiri Silk Scarf / SilkRouteTraveller / Purple Lily
Kashmiri Silk Scarf / SilkRouteTraveller / Purple Lily
Get the worlds best saffron from Kashmir

Kashmir is the third largest producers in the world after Iran and Spain. The Saffron produced in Kashmir is considered the best in the world because of ts distinctive, long and silky threads. Saffron is used in medicines, cosmetics and because of its attractive fragrance it also had a wide range of culinary applications as well. While on your visit to Kashmir you show buy a some quantity of saffron as w souvenir.

Kashmir produces the best Saffron in the world / Ahmad Mukhtiyar
Kashmir produces the best Saffron in the world / SilkRouteTraveller / Ahmad Mukhtiyar
The utmost walnut wood craft from the valley of Kashmir

Kashmir is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and one such being the walnut trees. Cutting down walnut tree as per the constitution of the stat is a crime but as the tree gets old the government allows it to cut and most of the times there is an auction of walnut wood for the traders.

In kashmir there are many great artisans who carve the walnut wood into different artefacts like the Shikara, animals and many other products. So, to buy any of the walnut products from Kashmir can be a real memory of your trip to Kashmir and the best part remains that walnut wood remains for quite a long time.

The brilliant woodcarving art of Kashmir / shop.gaatha.com
The brilliant woodcarving art of Kashmir / SilkRouteTraveller / shop.gaatha.com
Paper Mache: The brilliance of craftsmanship from Kashmir

Lastly, one can buy the Kashmiri handicrafts made up of the paper Mache. These products are hand made. This is one of the vibrant and famous art of Kashmir. The paper mache artists made a variety of products like key chains, wall hangings, Jewellery boxes and many more products. The paper mache products are vibrant in colour and very cheap in rates. While on your visit you can certainly buy a lot of such products and distribute among your collages, friend and family members back home.

An artisan uses the vivid colours on his masterpiece of paper mache / Reuters India
An artisan uses the vivid colours on his masterpiece of paper mache / SilkRouteTraveller / Reuters India
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