A short project carried out with the craft development institute in Srinagar to promote the revival of the valley arts and crafts through new product concepts and fresh designs ideas.
Time was spent in Kashmir to work with the artisans and understand, for example, the production of "papier machie", from the making of the pulp and raw box shapes up to the last step, fine painting by skilled masters.
We have concentrated on other crafts such as walnut wood accessories and willow weaving and designed special colour schemes and patterns to be used on papier machie taking inspiration from Morris patterns.
The results are new products that can change the way we perceive these crafts.
© 2011, Giandaniele Asquini