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  • Kashmiri Paper Mache Handicraft: A Pure Amalgamation of Skill, Beauty and Elegance!

    When we think of Kashmiri arts and crafts, the first few things that come to mind are shawls, carpets, rugs, and probably woodwork and embroidery. However, something that the world does not know is that Kashmir is also very well-known for its paper mache crafts. Today, the paper mache handicraft is as ingrained in Kashmir’s culture as any other handicraft. We all know paper mache as the craft work we did for school projects or during vacations as kids. But, the Kashmiri paper mache craft is a true art that has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. It is hard to imagine that something made out of waste paper could look so beautiful and elegant. The Kashmiri craftsmen are so amazingly skilled that they can turn even discarded paper into an attractive work of art. ‘Paper mache’ is a French term which when translated literally means ‘chewed paper’. This art is said to have originated in China hundreds of years ago. The History of Kashmiri Paper Mache Crafts The origin of the paper mache crafts in Kashmir dates back to as early as the 15th century and the credit for bringing this art form to Kashmir is believed to go to the eighth ruler of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abidin. He came across this art during his time as a Kashmiri prince in Samarkand, Central Asia. That was when he was intrigued by paper mache handicraft. When he returned to Kashmir, he brought many craftsmen along with him to the valley to train his subjects on the same. Yet another legend suggests that this art was introduced in Kashmir by a poet and Sufi saint called Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani. He came to Kashmir from Iran in the mid 14th century and brought along with him 700 artisans from Iran. These artisans are thought to have taught the local Kashmiris various art forms; and paper mache craft was one of them. No matter what the story of its origin, this art was made highly popular during the Mughal rule. The art was originally known by its Iranian name Kar-i-Qalamdani in Kashmir. The word ‘Qalamdani’ is basically pen case. Initially, this art was only restricted to making pen cases. Through the years, the art of paper mache has tremendously grown in the valley with numerous items available these days. Paper Mache Kashmir Items On your visit to Kashmir, you will find a host of paper mache items ranging in various sizes. You will find shop after shop lined along the street selling them. Paper mache items also make the perfect souvenirs to carry back home. Pick an item that resonates the most with you - as a fond memory of your trip to Kashmir, something to remember forever! You will find jewellery boxes, storage boxes, coasters, bowls, trays, pencil stands and a lot more. You will also find decor items such as vases, miniature hookah pots, photo frames, eggs, small elephants and an array of other decor items. Paper mache handicraft isn’t just used for utility items but for perking up living spaces too. If you are looking for something bigger, paper mache is also used for making furniture pieces like stools, small chests and cabinets, and lamps. Each and every artifact is so beautifully painted that it is hard to not fall in love with every piece that you come across. Not just for making products, this art has also been used to decorate walls in historic places like the Shah-e-Hamdan mosque and the Naqshband shrine in Kashmir. How are Kashmiri Paper Mache Products Made? The artisans involved in this profession are supremely skilled and practice the art for years and years. This art has also traditionally existed as a family profession in Kashmir, and like many other Kashmiri handicrafts, the trick and technique behind it gets passed on from one generation to another. Even though the idea behind this handicraft might sound relatively simple, it is a very time-consuming process and requires a lot of precision. It basically involves two main steps- Sakthsazi (making of the actual item) and Naqashi (the painting and decoration part). Now, let’s take a look at the making of paper mache handicrafts in detail. Sakthsazi: The sakthsazi is the making of the object with the pulp of paper. Firstly, the waste paper is soaked in water for several days. Then, a mixture of the soaked waste paper, cloth and the straw of a rice plant is pounded manually in a stone mortar. This is pounded until the mixture becomes very fine and forms a pulp. Then, a rice based glue called ‘Atij’ is combined with this pulp mixture. This complete mixture is then applied onto the desired mould and then left to dry for a few days. After it has dried out, the artwork is very carefully separated from the mould. The artwork is basically cut in two halves to separate it from the mould and the halves are carefully joined with the help of glue. The resultant object that is obtained is known as ‘Kalib’. The next step in the process is referred to as ‘Pishlawun’. As the next step, the surface of the ‘Kalib’ is smoothened out either stone, baked clay or a wooden file. After the object is nicely smoothened out, it is coated with a light layer of paint/ lacquer. It is coated again with a second coat of lacquer mixed with some chalk powder and water. This is again left to dry out for some time. After the sakthsazi work is done, the artwork/ object is handed over to the Naqash. Naqashi: When the object reaches the Naqash, it is first covered with thin sheets of butter paper. The butter paper is pasted so that it acts as a barrier between the main object and the paintwork so that the object doesn’t crack. After covering with butter paper, a thin coat of paint is applied all over the artwork. This is actually the step where the object is transformed into the beautiful piece of paper mache handicraft that we know. This work is also very intricate and usually takes about 3 days to a week. The designs are first drawn free hand on the object and then they are painted. The designer uses various different motifs like flowers, fruits, birds, creepers etc. Mostly metallic paints are used for an illuminated effect. After the motifs are painted, often gold or silver is used to highlight them. Mostly, the colors that are used for painting are all organic or nature or vegetable-based. When the whole painting procedure is completed, the final step involves covering the artwork with a layer of varnish for an added shine. This is the whole procedure that goes into making paper mache crafts. It is an extensive process that requires a lot of patience and attention to detail, but the whole process is worth it as the end result is absolutely stunning. Even though these handicrafts are made using paper, the extensive process that goes into making them is what makes these handicrafts extremely durable. Each of these individually created items has a unique story to tell. The Kashmir paper mache crafts are largely pursued by the Shia sect of the Kashmiri Muslims. Popular Paper Mache Kashmir Motifs Some popular motifs that are used in paper mache Kashmir include: Designs inspired by the Mughal era Flowers within flowers Numerous floral patterns Hazara or thousand flowers pattern Birds Jungle and its scenes The majestic Chinar tree of Kashmir Almond designs Geometrical designs And many more.. Your trip to Kashmir is basically incomplete without buying a beautiful artifact made with paper mache. Even if you don’t visit Kashmir, this beautiful artifact is a must-have for every handicraft lover. Over to You While India takes immense pride in its beautiful Kashmiri paper mache handicraft, its demand and sale have seen a decline in the recent years. Although we all take a lot of pride in our centuries-old traditions and art forms, we often fail to sustain the artisans who toil hard to keep our traditions alive. The paper mache handicraft isn’t just a source of livelihood for thousands of Kashmiri artisans but also an integral part of India’s cultural lineage. We hope that this beautiful art form continues to grace the rich culture of Kashmir and more and more generations to come. If you are looking to buy paper mache crafts, you can check out our extensive collection here and buy a gorgeous piece online, as we at Suksh Organics, have pledged to bring exclusive Kashmiri goods to the fingertips of global audience. Promotional Offers: 1. Use promo code “sukshfood10” and get flat 10% off on all food products! 2. Use promo code “sukshcraft10” and get flat 10% off on all handicraft products! 3. Shop for Rs. 2000/- and get Free Delivery! #kashmiripapermache #kashmirihandicrafts #kashmiriart #Indianart #HandicraftsofIndia #AtmanirbharBharat #vocalforlocal #suksh #sukshorganics

  • Walnuts (Akhrot) : The nutritious secret to birthing a brainy baby!

    Walnuts are one of the very common ingredients in our daily life. We consume walnuts in chocolates, cakes, cookies, etc. Even though they have a slightly bitter taste, people love them. Akhrot (walnuts) found favour with the Romans as far back as 700 B.C and were considered food fit for the Gods. Though little was known about the nutritional facts and benefits of walnuts then, the English carried it on their ships and traded it across the world. In India, walnuts are grown in the Kashmir valley and are world famous for their taste, colour and nutritional value. Walnuts are one of the few superfoods that can directly affect neuro-cognitive functioning – in short, what you see (the little brain shaped nut) is what you get (a better brain)! Walnuts are really great for the skin and the body. Many makeup and skin care brands include walnuts in their ingredients as they are rich in nutrients that benefit our beauty routines. They are also sought after for hair care. Many shampoos contain walnut extracts and walnut oil as they keep the hair healthy and make them shiny. Health Benefits Of Walnuts 1. Controlling cholesterol levels : Walnuts control cholesterol levels and improve the functioning of your heart. They help in decreasing LDL (bad cholesterol) and improving the function of blood vessels. They also cut the risk of plaque buildup in arteries. 2. Maintaining blood pressure: Walnuts helps to balance and maintain blood pressure which is vital during pregnancy. Pregnant women are susceptible to high blood pressure in the third trimester which can be extremely dangerous and lead to miscarriages, premature birth and low birth weight. Eating just 20-30 grams of walnuts daily can effectively combat these problems. 3. Boosting Immunity: Walnuts have high amounts of antioxidants in them that keep your immune system healthy and prevent the onset of diseases. Add some walnuts to your diet every day to keep yourself fit as a fiddle. 4. Improving Brain Health: Walnuts are high in neuroprotective compounds like Vitamin E, Melatonin, Folate and the all important Omega 3 Fatty acids. All these directly benefit cognitive functioning – which includes memory, attention, concentration, thinking and creativity. So, when our mothers told us to pop a few walnuts during our exams, they were spot on. Walnuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids which reduces oxidative stress in the brain and helps improve brain signaling and neurogenesis – the creation of neurons. Eating walnuts during pregnancy is extremely beneficial for the brain of the tender fetus. Expecting mothers can pop just 4-5 kernels daily and give their child a head start. Not to mention that walnuts have been linked to better brain function in adults also including faster processing speed, more mental flexibility and better memory. 5. For Breast Cancer: The American Association For Cancer Research has published in its 2009 research volume that consuming a few walnuts each day can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. 6. For Inflammatory Diseases: Those with inflammatory diseases like asthma, arthritis and eczema can benefit from walnuts as they have high amounts of fatty acid in them. 7. For Bone Health: Walnuts contain an essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. This alpha-linolenic acid and its compounds have been associated with stronger and healthier bones. Also, as you intake omega-3 fatty acids through walnuts, inflammation decreases, and this is related to keeping the bones stronger for a longer duration. 8. For Better Sleep and Stress: Walnuts have melatonin, and this compound is said to be associated with better sleep patterns. Also, the omega-3 fatty acids keep the blood pressure low and help relieve stress. 9. For Pregnancy: Having a walnut daily can greatly benefit those who are expecting. Walnuts contain healthy vitamin B-Complex groups like folates, riboflavin, thiamin, etc. These are necessary for a pregnant woman and the fetus. 10. For Constipation And Digestive System: Walnuts are rich in fiber, and they are a great way to keep your digestive system functioning properly. All humans require fiber on a daily basis to keep their bowels functioning correctly. Usually, the common sources of protein, such as meat and dairy products, lack fiber. Having walnuts daily can help you with digestive problems and keep your bowels functioning properly. 11. For Internal Cleaning: Walnuts are your internal vacuum cleaners as they literally cleanse the digestive system of uncountable parasites. As a designated superfood on account of its nutrient content, the snack food is beneficial to heart health and weight loss as well. We call it strictly snack food because walnuts should be taken in minimal quantities each day. Moderation truly is the key for this nutrient powerhouse, if you want to avoid allergies or unforeseen health conditions. 12. For Curing Fungal Infections: There is no better way to cleanse yourself of fungus inside-out than with walnuts. Candida growth in the digestive system and fungal infections occurring on the skin are both highly aggravating. These infections create a range of uncomfortable symptoms, from releasing toxins to itching. Walnuts are effective against fungal outgrowths, on par with other treatments available. 13, Delays Skin Aging: Walnuts are good for the skin as they are packed with B-vitamins. Vitamin B is an excellent stress and mood manager. Lower stress levels result in a better skin. Increased stress levels can result in the earlier onset of wrinkles, thus inducing faster aging. The presence of the B-vitamins, together with Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, helps in fighting the free radicals induced due to stress. This further delays the aging process. Nutrition facts and calories of Walnuts Walnuts can be purchased whole or shelled. A whole walnut can be fun to crack by placing them in door jambs or more effectively by using a walnut cracker. Shelled walnuts are of course less work. For every 100 grams of walnuts you get: • 654 calories • 4% water • 15.2g proteins • 13.7g carbohydrates • 2.6g sugar • 6.7g fiber • 65.2g fat • 9.08g Omega 3 • 38.09g Omega 6 • 1.2mg vitamin C Walnuts contain about 65% fat content which makes them an extremely high-calorie energy dense food – if you’re running a marathon or planning a hike, they are the most nutritious nut to stash in your pocket. Walnuts are also high in minerals like copper, phosporous, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Manganese, and Folic acid. The folic acid is vital for pregnant women and prevents many birth defects. Eating and Cooking Walnuts 30 grams of walnuts equals approximately 12-14 halves (kernels) or a small handful of walnuts. Around 15 grams or 6-7 kernels daily consumption of walnuts is enough for the average human adult. Children can be given 3-4 kernels daily. The Indian Kashmiri walnuts are light brown in colour and are the most commonly used. While walnuts have a slight bitter taste to them, if stored for too long in equatorial climates they can become too bitter and even release oils. Ideally they should be stored in the refrigerator. Walnuts can be eaten raw or roasted. They can be chopped and sprinkled on salads and are very popular in desserts. Oatmeal with walnuts and raisins is an extremely nutritious breakfast option. Walnuts can also be added to any kind of stuffing. Candied walnuts are often used to top off ice creams and brownies and provide the extra crunch. Walnuts can also be finely ground and added to dips and chutneys. Roasted walnuts make a great addition to any kind of trail mix or nutrition bars. You can even use cold pressed walnut oil as a dressing for your salads. Risks and Side Effects of Walnuts While enough cannot be said about the benefits and nutrition value of walnuts some caution is also to be exercised. Walnuts are one of the eight most allergenic foods identified globally. In addition, the allergic reaction can be quite severe and even lead to anaphylaxis which can be fatal. Walnut allergies are identified early in childhood in most people. Pregnant women need to exercise extreme caution if they have never eaten walnuts or are unsure of their tolerance. In some cases walnuts have even been found to reduce absorption of minerals especially iron which can be harmful for pregnant women. The bottom line however is that walnuts are a super food. If you do not have a walnut allergy, they are the supreme addition to your daily diet. They are easily available, require zero cooking time, provide numerous benefits and have a high nutritional value. Get your pack of Premium Organic Kashmiri Walnut Kernels from Suksh Organics here! 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  • Kashmiri Kahwa: The perfect way to start your day!

    Starting the day with a hot cup of tea is a daily ritual for most of us. It refreshes you, energizes you and prepares you to face the day ahead. However, it has been known since ages that teas are much more than just a wake-up call. They are a wonderful remedy for various health issues like when you are suffering from cold or an upset stomach, or even when fighting stress or morning sickness. Organic Kashmiri Kahwa tea is one such beverage which is an amazing combination of delicious taste, aroma and a bundle of health benefits. It has been known to be a part of Kashmir’s cuisine since ages. Due to the presence of saffron, it serves as a warming drink and helps to withstand the cold winters. Kahwa is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green tea leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron, which is traditionally prepared in a brass kettle known as samovar. Benefits of Kahwa Tea:- Kahwa tea is known for its numerous health benefits. Some of them are listed below: 1. Improves Digestion: Kahwa tea helps to cleanse the digestive system and improves metabolism. It is also known to ease digestive problems such as constipation. It works best during winters. Not only this, it also helps cleanse your tummy well. A cup of kahwa tea first thing in the morning can help kick start your digestion properly. 2. Burns Fat: In Kashmiri households, it is served after meals since it not only aids in digestion but also helps to wash away fat, thus making it an ideal addition to a weight watchers’ diet. It also helps to prevent the deposition of cholesterol in blood vessels and thus reduces the risk of heart diseases. 3. Builds Immunity: The saffron present in Kahwa tea is an excellent source of vitamin B12, which helps to recharge the body’s defense system. The many antioxidants present in the tea can help keep your body free from any infection or ailment, especially during winters. 4. Stress Buster: Being rich in antioxidants, kahwa tea helps to make you feel relaxed and reduces anxiety levels. It also helps to counteract against the negative effects of stress induced toxins in the body. Few sips of kahwa tea can release all the stress and anxiety that is caused by professional or personal fronts. 5. Remedy for Cold: It serves as a perfect home remedy for cold, sore throat and chest congestion. It also helps to get rid of the phlegm that develops during cold. The warm beverage helps cure congestion in the chest, further curing cold and cough. So, if you have a severe cold, look no further, because kahwa tea is perfect solution to your problem. 6. Improves Skin Health: The presence of antioxidants helps to moisturize the skin and reduce the occurrence of acne. The crushed almonds added to the tea also work well to cleanse the skin and bring about a natural glow. A cup of warm kahwa tea can ensure a healthy and glowing skin, especially during winters. In winters, you can experience a dull and dry skin that looks pale. 7. Energy Booster: Kahwa tea is not only a great way to kick start the day but also helps to instantly recharge you whenever you feel tired or lethargic. It is the perfect beverage to relieve headaches, cheer you up and to make you feel more active. A cup of tea in the mid hours of the work day will greatly improve your mood and ensure that you work more efficiently. How to Make Organic Kashmiri Kahwa Tea at Home: The easiest way is to buy a pack of Suksh Premium Organic Kashmiri Kahwa Tea Premix and enjoy a hot cup of Kahwa tea at home. Just add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 teaspoon of Suksh Premium Organic Kashmiri Kahwa Tea Premix and your delicious and rejuvenating Kahwa tea is ready! Get your pack of Premium Organic Kashmiri Kahwa Tea here. Promotional Offers: 1. Use promo code “sukshfood10” and get flat 10% off on all food products! 2. Use promo code “sukshcraft10” and get flat 10% off on all handicraft products! 3. Shop for Rs. 2000/- and get Free Delivery! #organic #organicfood #organickahwa #organickashmir #immunity #ImmunityBooster #healthyfood #healthyliving #AtmanirbharBharat #vocalforlocal #suksh #sukshorganics

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